Exclusive: Renault will start production of its new C-segment SUV in early 2015

Article by Andrew Christian, on March 29, 2014

During a factory visit at Renault’s plant in Palencia, Spain, we found out that the French carmaker is preparing a brand new C-segment SUV a.k.a. a Koleos successor. The first pre-production vehicles will be built this summer and as expected, we will see the first photos with the Koleos successor in the second half of 2014. Renault will officially start production of its new model in early 2015.

The new C-segment SUV from Renault will be based on the popular Nissan Qashqai, use the same CMF (Common Module Family) Renault-Nissan Alliance platform and it will be powered by the same engines found on its sister model. This means we will find the 1.2-liter DIG-T petrol engine that delivers 115 hp (85 kW) and 190 Nm of torque (used also by the Dacia Duster) that replaces the outgoing 1.6-liter naturally aspirated powerplant.

The 1.2-liter DIG-T petrol engine emits only 129 g/km of CO2 and has a fuel consumption of 5.6 l/100 km. Moreover, the new C-segment SUV from Renault will also use the 1.6-liter DIG-T petrol engine that generates 150 hp and 240 Nm of torque. This engine needs 5.6 litres of fuel to travel 100 km and emits only 132 g/km of CO2.

Furthermore, a 1.5-liter dCi diesel engine will power the new compact SUV, delivering 110 hp (81 kW) and a fuel consumption of 3.8 l/100 km. For those who want more, a bigger 1.6 dCi diesel engine will be available with 130 hp (96 kW) and a fuel consumption of 4.9 l/100 km for the four-wheel-drive manual version and 4.4 l/100 km for the two-wheel-drive manual version. CO2 emissions of the 1.6 dCi engine will be 119 g/km when paired with the new Xtronic transmission and 129 g/km for the four-wheel-drive manual version.

Regarding the design, we expect the Koleos successor to be quite different when compared with the 2014 Nissan Qashqai and we prepare to be surprised by Mr. Laurens van den Acker, Senior VP, Renault Design.

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