Renault insiders have told Motoring the second generation Koleos will be a lot bigger than the aging model.

Renault insiders have told Motoring the second generation Koleos will be a lot bigger than the aging model.

The first generation Koleos went on sale back in 2007 so the model is in dire need of a replacement which has been confirmed to come out next year. It will be substantially different than the outgoing model as according to a Renault insider cited by Motoring they plan to reposition the model in the D segment. This makes sense taking into account the recently unveiled Kadjar (4.45 meters long) has just about the same size as the current Koleos (4.52 meters).

Set to sit on top of the SUV range, the all-new Koleos will be approximately 5 meters long which is going to be enough to accommodate a third row of seats, thus turning the high-riding model into a seven-seater. The model is bound to ride on an extended version of the CMF platform which has also underpinned the smaller Kadjar as well as Nissan’s Qashqai and X-TRAIL.

The second-gen Koleos is being developed in China where it will be locally produced and is scheduled to go on sale in 2016. According to Senior Vice President of Renault Corporate Design, Laurens van den Acker, there is a possibility the model will hit Europe sometime in 2017. Chances are the Koleos will also be produced and sold in South Korea as the Renault Samsung QM5. We already know from Renault Australia managing director Justin Hocevar the new Koleos will be commercially available in the Land Down Under starting next year.

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