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
Body style5-door SUV

The Renault Koleos is a compact crossover SUV manufactured by the French manufacturer Renault. The majority of the production is 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. It was first presented as a concept car at the Geneva Motor Show in 2000, and then as a production model in 2006 at the Paris Motor Show.

A second generation was unveiled at the 2016 Beijing Motor Show, and uses the Renault–Nissan CMF-CD modular platform shared with the Nissan X-Trail/Rogue (T32) and Renault Kadjar.

First generation (HY; 2006)[edit]

First generation (HY)
Renault Koleos front.JPG
Also calledRenault Samsung QM5
Production2007–2016 (South Korea)
DesignerPatrick Le Quément
Body and chassis
PlatformRenault–Nissan C platform
RelatedNissan Rogue (S35)
Nissan Qashqai (J10)
Nissan X-Trail (T31)
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.[3] It was unveiled in 2006 at the Paris Motor Show and launched two months later.

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.[4]

A facelifted Koleos was unveiled in July 2011, and shown at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2011.[5] In August 2010, the Koleos was withdrawn from the United Kingdom, due to poor sales of under 2,600 units.[6][7] Production ended in March 2015.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).[8]


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:[9]

Engine Displacement Power Top speed 0–100 km/h (0-62 mph)
2.0 L 16V[10] 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–Nissan CMF-CD platform
Transmission6-speed manual
7-speed EDC[11]
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.[12][13][14] 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.[15]

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.[13][14] The updated Koleos has been awarded a five star safety rating by Euro NCAP.[16][17]

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.[18]

The facelift of 2020 arrived in Mexico in the end of October 2019.[19] 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.[20]

It was discontinued in the United Kingdom in July 2020 due to sluggish sales, three years after it was reintroduced to the British market and ten years after the original model ended UK sales.[21]

Engine Displacement Type Power Gearbox Transmission
2.0 16v 1997cc M5R 110 kW (148 hp) X-CVT8 2WD
2.5 16v 2488cc QR25 137 kW (184 hp) X-CVT8 2WD or 4WD
1.6 dCi 1598cc R9M 97 kW (130 hp) 6 speed manual 2WD
2.0 dCi 1995cc M9R 132 kW (177 hp) 6 speed manual or X-CVT8 2WD or 4WD


Year Europe[22] China[23] Australia South Korea
2007 1
2008 17,645
2009 21,765
2010 13,828
2011 16,874
2012 15,282
2013 8,404
2014 7,418 1,709[24] 8,947[25]
2015 4,675 1,419[24] 6,804[26]
2016 186 6,027 1,524[24] 1,163[27] 14,126[27]
2017 13,232 46,321 3,120[24] 27,837[28]
2018 18,999 32,606 2,992[24] 32,999[29]
2019 12,371 8,445 2,533[24] 47,640[30]
2020 6,916 578 2,408[31][24] 46,825[32]
2021 6,048 1,937[33][24]


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