Spy photos show Renault is putting the finishing touches on its brand new midsize SUV which will reportedly be called “Maxthon.”
The Koleos has been on sale since 2007, so it’s obviously in dire need of a replacement especially since the model’s poor sales have prompted Renault from withdrawing it from several markets. Seen here is its direct replacement, the Maxthon, a midsize SUV which will share most of its underpinnings with the Nissan X-Trail. As a matter of fact, Renault's design chief Laurens van den Acker said in Geneva: "essentially we have made a Renault version of the X-Trail."
All that camouflage on the body can’t hide the fact it will borrow many styling cues from the Talisman midsize sedan and will be way bigger than the Koleos. Although we can’t see the interior in these pics, we expect the cabin to have a lot in common with Renault’s D-segment sedan/wagon.
Some of the goodies it will receive include those fancy LED headlights, Renault’s latest R-Link 2 infotainment system with a large portrait-style touchscreen, and a digital instrument cluster. While previous rumors indicated it would get an optional third row of seats, Laurens van den Acker said it will be sold strictly with five seats. He went on to specify there aren't enough families with four kids to justify having an optional third row of seats on the new SUV.
Expect to see the Renault Maxthon (name not confirmed) break cover next month at the Beijing Motor Show. The reason why the company with the diamond logo has decided to unveil the new SUV in China (rather than in Geneva) is because that will be its main market and the model will be assembled locally.
Besides China, Renault's latest high-riding model will also be sold in Australia, Asia, and Europe, with the former getting the SUV early 2017. Chances are it will also wear the Samsung badge for South Korea and it could be produced there as well for the local market.