Renault Koleos

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Renault Koleos
Renault Koleos Dynamique dCi 150 (Facelift) – Frontansicht, 10. März 2013, Wülfrath.jpg
Manufacturer Renault
Production 2007–present[1]
Body and chassis
Class Compact SUV (J)
Body style 5-door SUV

The Renault Koleos is a compact SUV (J) which was first presented as a concept car at the Geneva Motorshow in 2000, and then again in 2006 at the Mondial de l'Automobile in Paris. 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.

Facelifted versions of the Koleos were available in 2011[2] and 2013.[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 (2008–present)[edit]

Koleos I
Renault Koleos front.JPG
Manufacturer Renault Samsung Motors
Also called Renault Samsung QM5
Production 2007–present[1]
Assembly Busan, South Korea (Renault Samsung)(2007-2016)
Chennai, India (Renault India) (2010-2016)
Moscow, Russia (2012-present)[4]
Designer Patrick Le Quément
Body and chassis
Platform Renault C platform
Related Nissan X-Trail
Nissan Qashqai
Nissan Rogue
Engine 2.5 L I4 16V
2.0 L I4 dCi
Transmission 6-speed manual
6-speed automatic
Wheelbase 2,690 mm (105.9 in)
Length 4,520 mm (178.0 in)
Width 1,855 mm (73.0 in)
Height 1,695 mm (66.7 in)
Curb weight 1,639–1,784 kg (3,613–3,933 lb)


The Koleos is 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's body design is 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 2008.[6]

In August 2010, the Koleos was withdrawn from the United Kingdom, due to poor sales of under 2,600 units.[7][8]

Worldwide marketing[edit]

South Korea[edit]

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


Koleos made its international debut in 2008 and this is the first facelift the vehicle has received since its launch. In the Indian market Renault produced its premium SUV Koleos on September 8, 2011. The popular Koleos registered a 51% YOY growth in the first half of 2011. It is currently being sold across five continents and in markets as diverse as Europe, North (Mexico) and South America and Asia Pacific. It will be available with a 2.0 dCi diesel engine with a maximum power output of 150 PS @ 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
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


Pre-facelifted Renault Koleos 
Facelifted Renault Samsung QM5 
Facelifted Renault Samsung QM5 
Pre-facelifed Renault Samsung QM5 interior 

Second generation (2016–present)[edit]

Koleos II
Second Generation Renault Koleos.jpg
Also called Renault Samsung QM6
Production 2016-present
Body and chassis
Platform Renault CMF platform (CMF-CD)

A second generation of the Koleos was introduced at the 2016 Beijing Motor Show by Renault's chief Carlos Ghosn.[11][12][13] Despite a wide-ranging rumour that the latest Renault SUV would be called the Maxthon, the company has instead decided to reinstate the Koleos name. 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.[14] In some versions the car has three drivetrain 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.[12][13] As standard, the car has a 7-inch touchscreen, while higher trim levels have an infotainment system with a 8.7-inch touchscreen (called R-Link 2). Gearboxes are manual and automatic. According to Renault, sales will start on the third quarter of 2016 in some markets.[15] The new Koleos went on sale in Australia on 1 August 2016.[16]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Renault Samsung Motors QM5". Renault. Retrieved 5 August 2013. 
  2. ^ "Renault Koleos". Retrieved 14 September 2011. 
  3. ^ "Renault Koleos facelift revealed". 5 July 2013. Retrieved 21 April 2016. 
  4. ^ "Renault Koleos and Renault Latitude Now Assembled in Russia". 4 August 2012. Retrieved 15 September 2012. 
  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. Retrieved 2008-08-31. 
  11. ^ "Renault to unveil new Koleos in Beijing". Renault. 21 April 2016. Retrieved 21 April 2016. 
  12. ^ a b Rizvi, Riza (25 April 2016). "Renault Koleos unveiled at 2016 Beijing Motor Show". Retrieved 6 May 2016. 
  13. ^ a b Ingram, Richard (26 April 2016). "New Renault Koleos SUV unveiled in Beijing". AutoExpress. Retrieved 6 May 2016. 
  14. ^ Burn, Jonathan (21 April 2016). "New Renault Koleos SUV: official pic and latest details". AutoExpress. Retrieved 21 April 2016. 
  15. ^ "Renault Koleos: Our latest SUV introduced in Beijing Motor show". Renault. 25 April 2016. Retrieved 6 May 2016. 
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