New Renault Grand Koleos Unveiled with Geely Collaboration

Matt Brand
June 28, 2024
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Renault has revealed the new Grand Koleos, its first all-new family SUV in eight years, featuring hybrid power for the first time.

This model, based on the Geely Xingyue L, marks a departure from the current Nissan X-Trail-based Koleos and represents a new partnership with Geely, the parent company of Volvo and Polestar.

Although it is yet to be confirmed for Australia, the current Koleos will remain in local showrooms until at least the end of 2025.

The Grand Koleos is larger than its predecessor, measuring 4780mm in length, which places it closer to the size of the Kia Sorento and Mazda CX-8.

Despite its larger body, the Grand Koleos retains a five-seat configuration but promises class-leading knee room for rear passengers and up to 2034 litres of boot space with the rear seats folded.

The exterior of the Grand Koleos features new body proportions and details such as the bonnet, side windows, and metal door skins, although it shares headlight and tail-light internals with the Geely model.

It is built on Geely's CMA platform, also used by the Volvo XC40. Inside, the Grand Koleos adopts the Xingyue's dashboard layout, including three 12.3-inch screens for the digital instrument cluster, infotainment touchscreen, and a front passenger display.

Under the hood, the Grand Koleos offers a choice between a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine producing 155kW and 325Nm, available with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission for front-wheel-drive models or an eight-speed automatic for all-wheel-drive versions.

Additionally, there is a hybrid option combining a 1.5-litre turbo-petrol engine with a 100kW main electric motor and a 60kW energy-recuperation motor, delivering a system output of 180kW.

This hybrid system, branded as E-Tech, utilises Geely technology and features a multi-mode automatic transmission with three gears.

The Grand Koleos is equipped with advanced safety features, including automatic lane changes for adaptive cruise control, lane centring systems, hands-free parking, and a camera view of the area beneath the vehicle.

Interior amenities include a 10-speaker Bose sound system, a 25.6-inch augmented-reality head-up display, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, three-zone climate control, 5G connectivity, and a voice assistant.

Renault Australia has yet to confirm if the Grand Koleos will be available locally.

The existing Koleos, based on the previous-generation Nissan X-Trail, will continue to be sold in Australia into 2025.

Renault Australia’s managing director, Glen Sealey, has affirmed the current Koleos’s continued presence in the market, citing its long-standing popularity and durability.

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