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Renault confirms new Koleos II

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The third prong in Renault's planned SUV family has been confirmed as the Koleos II.

Having done extremely well with its medium and small sized Kadjar and Captur SUVs, Renault has been keen to expand upon that success with a third, larger model. The third SUV will be introduced at next week's Beijing Motor Show and Renault has confirmed that it will be reusing the Koleos name.

The original Koleos SUV was released in Britain in 2007 but was axed just a few years later due to poor sales figures, although it has continued to be available in international markets. It was never a serious contender in a market dominated by the more appealing Nissan Qashqai, among others.

Renault's later attempts at the SUV market have been far more modern, relevant and successful, and the French company has taken that experience to redevelop the Koleos in larger and far more stylish form. Few details have been given so far but Renault claims that the new SUV will be as refined as a large saloon and offer similar features. Renault also claims record breaking levels of interior space.

The company has released a teaser image of the new Koleos, showing that it will closely follow Renault's current design language, with an outsized Renault badge on a large, slatted chrome grille bracketed by a C-shaped LED headlamp and DRL cluster. The latest Renault Megane seems to be leading the way for interior style, so expect the new Koleos to feature the same touchscreen.

As is pretty much standard in the sector, customers should be able to choose from two and four wheel drive variants, powered by a familiar array of petrol and diesel engines.

Renault's current SUV line-up has certainly benefited from its alliance with Nissan, so it's reasonable to assume that the Koleos will have much in common mechanically with the Japanese brand's latest X-Trail SUV, and the two cars will both use the Renault-Nissan CMF-CD platform architecture.

As the Captur and Kadjar owe much to the Nissans Juke and Qashqai, the second generation Koleos is to be a five seater, although Renault engineers claim that it has the capacity to be a seven seater without significant modification, potentially paving the way for a fourth, larger SUV from Renault further down the line.

Renault indicates that it will be available to buy later this year in what is an increasingly crowded and competitive market sector.

The main competitors for the Koleos

Hyundai Santa Fe

Hyundai's latest Santa Fe is a very impressive SUV, offering style, economy and premium build quality at a startlingly affordable price.

Kia Sorento

Largely based upon the Santa Fe, the new Sorento shows Kia outgrowing its budget brand roots to join the mainstream.

Land Rover Discovery Sport

The Discovery Sport is a competent and capable off roader but is significantly more premium in feel than the Freelander it replaced. It's a classy and modern way to combine serious mudplugging abilities with dignified on-road comfort and performance.

Nissan X-Trail

The X-Trail is an excellent base for Renault to build upon, offering both style and substance at a family-friendly price. Nissan is really, really good at modern SUVs or crossovers.

Skoda Kodiaq

It hasn't reached the market yet but Skoda is long overdue for a good sized SUV in its line-up. The seven seater Kodiaq will be a new departure for the Czech brand but if it follows Skoda's current approach with value for money, premium build quality and restrained good looks then it's going to be hard to beat.

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