Set to act as the company’s flagship model in China, the second-generation Koleos uses the same bold styling language implemented in the new Megane and Talisman. It won’t be a China-only model as the company with the diamond logo has plans to sell the midsize SUV in no less than 80 markets. It’s bigger than the Kadjar and at the same time substantially larger than the outgoing Koleos which was never a top performer in terms of sales.
Renault hopes it will have more success with the all-new model which promises to offer class-leading interior space with 289-mm rear knee room. The new Koleos has a driving position 150-mm higher compared to a regular sedan and comes with lots of niceties, including a heated steering wheel, R-LINK 2 infotainment system, and a BOSE audio system.
Essentially Renault’s version of the Nissan X-Trail, the revamped Koleos will be offered with a 4x4 layout featuring 2WD, 4WD AUTO, and 4WD LOCK modes. It’s going to come packed with safety and assistance systems, including active emergency braking, lane departure warning, traffic sign recognition, blind spot warning, along with front/rear/side parking sensors and a rearview camera.
The second-generation Koleos is going to be assembled in Wuhan for China and in Busan, South Korea for the other 79 markets.
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Beijing, China – Today at the Beijing International Automobile Exhibition, Groupe Renault Chairman and CEO Carlos Ghosn revealed the new Renault KOLEOS, a high-end, totally redesigned SUV geared to reach 80 markets.
“Today in Beijing, we mark the world premiere of the all-new, flagship SUV Renault KOLEOS” said Groupe Renault Chairman and CEO Carlos Ghosn. “KOLEOS has been completely re-engineered with powerful styling, unique features and full SUV capability.”
The new KOLEOS boasts a powerful stance, with muscular exterior lines that set it apart from rivals, and it provides a refined, comfortable interior with class-leading cabin space, including 289mm of rear knee room for occupants. Featured tailored by market include a heated steering wheel and easy defrosting for cold climates and a cabin air filter that cuts pollen, dust and unpleasant odours.
A protective interior
The new KOLEOS offers an elevated driving position with excellent visibility. Compared to a traditional sedan, the new KOLEOS’ driving position is 150mm higher than traditional sedans, a reassuring feature that is highly prized by SUV buyers. Hand grips on either side of the centre console echo the world of off-road motoring while imbuing the interior with a sporty feel.
Best in class, user-friendly 4x4 technology features all mode 4x4-i technology, an all-wheel drive system that makes it easy to switch back and forth between 2WD, 4WD AUTO and 4WD LOCK modes. The new KOLEOS 4x4 transmission also guarantees enhanced safety and stability by neutralising understeer and oversteer and by optimising grip in difficult conditions. The new KOLEOS also delivers all-terrain ability, with ground clearance of 213mm.
Connected on-board experience
A key feature of the new KOLEOS interior and travelling comfort is R-Link 2, a connected, personalisable experience. This system serves as a connected control centre to coordinate functions like BOSE audio, infotainment, navigation, hands-free telephony, radio and driver aids.
Advanced Driver Assistance Systems
Depending on the market, the new KOLEOS comes with a large array of driver assistance capabilities and options, all of which can be controlled via the R-LINK 2 tablet.
- To reassure: Active Emergency Braking System.
- To alert: Lane departure warning, safe distance warning, traffic sign recognition with excess speed warning, blind spot warning, tiredness detection.
- To assist: rear view camera, automatic high/low beam, headlights, front, rear and side parking sensors, and easy park assist.
New KOLEOS completes Renault’s high-end range that now includes the Espace crossover, the Talisman large saloon car and Talisman Estate station wagon. It also completes the design renaissance of the Renault range. New KOLEOS is instantly recognisable as a top-of-the-range Renault, thanks notably to its front-end design that incorporates a prominent Renault logo set at the centre of a broad chrome grille.
New KOLEOS will be produced at two plants – Busan in South Korea for all markets except China, plus Wuhan, China for the Chinese market. Both facilities meet Renault’s stringent manufacturing quality standards and currently produce vehicles built on the CMF-C/D architecture for brands belonging to Groupe Renault.