Friday, January 8, 2010

Geneva Preview: Renault Koleos SUV

Renault has released official images and details on its first ever SUV/Crossover that will make its debut at next month’s Geneva Motor Show. The Koleos was designed by Renault, developed by Nissan and manufactured in Renault Samsung Motors' Busan plant in Korea alongside its Asian twin, the Samsung QM5 (click here). Based on the Nissan Qashqai platform, the Koleos will initially be offered with a 2.0 dCi Euro 4 diesel engine (M9R) which will be available in a choice of two power outputs, 150hp or 175hp.

The dCi 150 HP motor can be ordered for either the 4x2 or 4x4 versions and mated with either a six-speed manual gearbox or six-speed automatic transmission. The 175hp version of the 2.0 dCi engine is mated to a six-speed manual gearbox and all-wheel drive. When it goes on sale in Europe later on this year, the Koleos will compete against the Toyota RAV4, Honda CR-V, VW Tiguan and the new Ford Kuga

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