The 2016 Renault Koleos, or the Renault Koleos’s successor in case the company decides to go for a different name as it did with the Laguna, has been spied testing in Germany by reader Mr. Markus Schuller.
The test mule hints at a very athletic design and styling that falls in line with the recently unveiled Talisman and likely the next-gen Megane too. The prototype clearly indicates that the crossover’s dimensions have grown.
While the Koleos didn’t see much success due to its polarizing design and straddled positioning, its successor has the added burden of establishing a name and building on it. To give it the capability, the SUV will be positioned as a proper D-segment vehicle, going head-to-head with the Honda CR-V, Mazda CX-5, Hyundai Santa Fe, Nissan Murano and the likes.
The D-segment SUV will be underpinned by a version of the Renault-Nissan Alliance’s CMF (Common Module Family) platform – CMF-C/d. A 7-seat (5+2) configuration is said to be one of the unique selling points of the SUV. According to a report released in May, the length will 4.65 m and the boot space will be around 140 litres.
On the subject of whether it would be a three-row SUV, speaking to our sister publication IAB, Laurens van den Acker, Senior Vice President, Corporate Design, Renault, said that the company already offers 7-seaters – the Espace and Scenic – but added that more details would be available in early-2016. It can be surmised that the second generation model/Koleos’ successor is expected to have its world debut at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show in March.