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2017 Renault Koleos unveiled; larger, more upmarket

April 26, 2016

The second-generation Renault Koleos has broken cover at the Beijing motor show. Larger than its predecessor, it is also based on the Nissan X-Trail platform, which grew in size for its latest generation as well.

2017 Renault Koleos

Koleos was Renault’s sole SUV offering when it debuted in 2007, but now it sits at the top of the tree with the small Captur and the Qashqai-sized Kadjar below it.

This time, it will be spread across 80 markets, with plenty of new features and the same styling language as the newest Megane and Talisman sedan. Drawcards of the new-generation model include 289mm of kneeroom, which is said to be class-leading, an R-LINK 2 infotainment unit which can include a BOSE audio system, heated steering wheel, and switchable 4×4 that can toggle between 2WD, 4WD AUTO and 4WD LOCK modes – the latter implying serious off-road capability.

On the safety front, you get active emergency braking, traffic sign recognition, blind-spot warning, 360-degree parking sensors and a rear-vision camera.

Although the car will be assembled in China, the Australian Koleos is likely to continue to be assembled by Samsung in Busan, South Korea, which is where every non-Chinese Koleos will be sourced from. Renault has confirmed the new model will arrive in Australia later in 2016.

Mitchell is a contributing journalist and features writer at PerformanceDrive. He has been a passionate petrol-head from a very young age. He is excited by the future of the industry, and considers himself as a bit of a fanatic when it comes to the technical aspects of cars. He is also fascinated by new cars that are popping up in developing markets.