The Renault Koleos is set to enter second generation or get replaced by a new model next year. Speaking to Motoring.com.au, Jerome Stoll, Executive Vice President, Chief Performance Officer, Sales & Marketing, Chairman of Renaultsport, confirmed that the next generation Koleos/Koleos replacement will be available in three-row, 7-seat configuration. This will allow the new D-segment contender to go head-to-head with the Nissan X-Trail, Mazda CX-9 and the new VW Tiguan which will offer the extra seats variant next year.
Sitting on a version of the Renault-Nissan Alliance’s CMF (Common Module Family) platform – CMF-C/d, the upcoming full-size crossover will be 130 mm longer (than the 2015 Koleos) with a length of 4,650 mm. Testing is already underway, as seen in these spy shots. Renault is still thinking on whether to continue with the Koleos name or go for a completely new identity.
“We have to be careful because launching new names is very easy on PowerPoint”, Mr. Stoll said.
The Australian publication suggests that the global production will be tasked to Renault Samsung Motors in Busan, South Korea. The South Korean partner of the brand produces the 2015 Koleos at the same plant. Chinese production is also planned, but only for domestic consumption.
Sales of the new Koleos in Australia will commence in 2017.