Renault Koleos

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Renault Koleos
2018 Renault Koleos Initiale Paris DCi 4X4 2.0 Front.jpg
Body and chassis
ClassCompact crossover SUV (C)
Body style5-door SUV

The Renault Koleos is a compact crossover SUV which was first presented as a concept car at the Geneva Motor Show in 2000, and then again in 2006 at the Paris Motor Show, by the French manufacturer Renault. The first generation Koleos was designed by Renault and developed by Nissan, with the majority of the production coming from the Busan plant of Renault Samsung Motors. The first generation was marketed as the Renault Samsung QM5 and the second generation is marketed as the Renault Samsung QM6.

Facelifted versions of the Koleos were available in October 2011 and June 2013.[2][3] A second generation was unveiled at the 2016 Beijing Motor Show, and uses the Renault-Nissan Common Module Family (CMF-CD) modular platform.

First generation (HY; 2006)[edit]

First generation (HY)
Renault Koleos front.JPG
Also calledRenault Samsung QM5
Production2006–2016 (South Korea)
DesignerPatrick Le Quément
Body and chassis
PlatformRenault C platform
RelatedNissan Rogue (S35)
Nissan Qashqai (J10)
Nissan X-Trail (T31)
Engine2.0 L I4 16V (China, Russia)
2.5 L I4 16V
2.0 L I4 dCi
Transmission6-speed manual
6-speed automatic
Wheelbase2,690 mm (105.9 in)
Length4,520 mm (178.0 in)
Width1,855 mm (73.0 in)
Height1,695 mm (66.7 in)
Curb weight1,639–1,784 kg (3,613–3,933 lb)


The Koleos was an addition to the Renault compact SUV market, after selling the Scénic RX4 and the Kangoo, but it has never produced a true crossover SUV. A Koleos concept car was shown in the media as long ago as February 2000.[5]

The Koleos' body design was based on the Renault Koleos and Renault Egeus concept cars. Some of the Koleos's competitors, such as the Citroën C-Crosser and the Peugeot 4007, were also presented by the time it was launched. ADAC of Germany awarded five stars to the Koleos, in a crash test done in August 2008.[6]

A facelifted Koleos was unveiled in July 2011, and shown at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2011. In August 2010, the Koleos was withdrawn from the United Kingdom, due to poor sales of under 2,600 units.[7][8] Production ended in March 2015.

Worldwide Marketing[edit]

South Korea[edit]

For the market in South Korea, the Koleos was manufactured by Renault Samsung Motors (a subsidiary of Renault) at its Busan plant in South Korea, and was sold as the Renault Samsung QM5 (H45).[9]


In the market in India, Renault introduced the Koleos on 8 September 2011. The popular Koleos registered a 51% year on year growth in the first half of 2011. It is currently being sold across five continents, and in markets as diverse as Europe, Mexico, South America and Asia Pacific.

It is available with a 2.0 dCi diesel engine, with a maximum power output of 150 PS at 4000 rpm, and peak torque of 320 Nm at 2000 rpm.


The range of engines:[10]

Engine Displacement Power Top speed 0–100 km/h (0-62 mph)
2.0 L 16V[11] 1997 cc 103 kW (140 PS; 138 bhp) 174 km/h (108 mph) 9.5 s
2.5 L 16V 2488 cc 126 kW (171 PS; 169 bhp) 180 km/h (112 mph) 9.3 s
2.0 L dCi 1998 cc 110 kW (150 PS; 148 bhp) 190 km/h (118 mph) 10.4 s
2.0 L dCi 1998 cc 129 kW (175 PS; 173 bhp) 200 km/h (124 mph) 9.8 s


Second generation (HC; 2016)[edit]

Second generation (HC)
2019 Renault Koleos GT Line Front.jpg
Also calledRenault Samsung QM6
DesignerAlexis Martot
Body and chassis
PlatformRenault CMF platform (CMF-CD)
Engine1.3 Renault H5ht tCe 16v 163
2.0 Renault/Nissan M5R I4 16V 150
2.5 Nissan QR25DE I4 16v 185
1.6 R9M I4 dCi 130
2.0 Nissan M9R I4 dCi 177
Transmission6-speed manual
7-speed EDC[12]
Wheelbase2,705 mm (106.5 in)
Length4,672 mm (183.9 in)
Width1,843 mm (72.6 in)
Height1,678 mm (66.1 in)
Curb weight1520-1654 kg

A second generation of the Koleos was introduced at the 2016 Beijing Motor Show, by Renault's chief Carlos Ghosn.[13][14][15] Despite a wide ranging rumour that the latest Renault SUV would be called the Maxthon, the company has instead decided to reinstate the name Koleos.

The larger second generation Koleos uses the Common Module Family (CMF-CD) modular platform developed jointly by Renault and Nissan, and already used on similar vehicles as the third generation Nissan X-Trail and the Renault Kadjar.[16]

In some versions, the car has three drive train options: two wheel drive, four wheel drive mode that adapts power, and torque distribution between axles to improve traction, and a standard four wheel drive.[14][15] The updated Koleos has been awarded a five star safety rating by Euro NCAP.[17][18]

As standard, the car has a seven inch touchscreen, while higher trim levels have an infotainment system with an 8.7 inch touchscreen (called R Link 2). Gearboxes are manual and automatic. The new Koleos first went on sale in Australia on 1 August 2016, and has been rolled out in most of Asia, Europe and South America by the middle of 2017.[19]

The facelift of 2020 arrived in Mexico in the end of October 2019.[20] The SUV was scheduled to be shown at the 2020 Manila International Auto Show on April 2, 2020 by Renault Samsung Motors as the QM6.[21]

It was discontinued in the United Kingdom on 2 July 2020 due to sluggish sales by only selling 1007 units throughout 2019, three years after it was reintroduced to the British market.[22]

Engine Displacement Type Power Gearbox Transmission
2.0 16v 1997cc M5R 110kw (148 hp) X-CVT8 2WD
2.5 16v 2488cc QR25 137kw (183 hp) X-CVT8 2WD or 4WD
1.6 dCi 1598cc R9M 97kw (130 hp) 6 speed manual 2WD
2.0 dCi 1995cc M9R 132kw (177 hp) 6 speed manual or X-CVT8 2WD or 4WD

See also[edit]


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  3. ^ "Renault Koleos facelift revealed". 5 July 2013. Retrieved 21 April 2016.
  4. ^ "Renault Koleos". Retrieved 24 March 2017.
  5. ^ "Renault Koleos". Retrieved 14 September 2011.
  6. ^ "Renault Koleos" (PDF). ADAC. 28 August 2008. Retrieved 14 September 2011.
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  9. ^ "Renault Koleos review". 6 August 2008. Retrieved 14 September 2011.
  10. ^ "Koleos, the first 4x4 crossover from Renault". Renault. 2008-02-11. Archived from the original on 2012-03-24. Retrieved 2008-08-31.
  11. ^ "Renault Koleos — specifications". Retrieved 24 March 2017.
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  13. ^ "Renault to unveil new Koleos in Beijing". Renault. 21 April 2016. Retrieved 21 April 2016.
  14. ^ a b Rizvi, Riza (25 April 2016). "Renault Koleos unveiled at 2016 Beijing Motor Show". Retrieved 6 May 2016.
  15. ^ a b Ingram, Richard (26 April 2016). "New Renault Koleos SUV unveiled in Beijing". AutoExpress. Retrieved 6 May 2016.
  16. ^ Burn, Jonathan (21 April 2016). "New Renault Koleos SUV: official pic and latest details". AutoExpress. Retrieved 21 April 2016.
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