Renault Samsung QM6 Debuts in Korea: You May Know It as the New Koleos

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It's a well known fact that the automotive industry has a lot to gain from Korea. Many of the EV batteries are being developed there, together with the every Chevy from the Spark to the Cruze.
Every good deed deserves its reward, which usually comes from Renault. The French automaker collaborates with its Korean division on many projects. As we expected, the new Koleos SUV is one of them.

Revealed at the Busan Auto Show this week, the Samsung QM6 is not the next generation of virtual reality gear. Instead, this large SUV is the twin sister of the all-new Koleos. It was shown together with the Twizy electric car and Clio RS, both of which should join the QM6 in showrooms this September.

There are even fewer cosmetic changes here than with the Korean version of the Talisman. However, we still see that the diamond badge has been replaced, and small changes made to the headlights.

The QM6 replaces the QM5, otherwise known as the previous Koleos. Press releases say that it was developed mainly by the Korean affiliate of Renault Group, will be produced in its Busan plant and shipped to around 80 nations. The automaker will reportedly discontinue production of the QM5 when the new model is rolled out.

The larger second-generation Koleos uses the Common Module Family (CMF-CD) modular platform developed jointly by Renault and Nissan. There is still no word on the powertrains that will be available, but for the Korean market, we believe everything will be shared with the Talisman, including a 190 hp 1.6-liter turbo engine and a 2.0-liter powered by natural gas and matched to a CVT. Both FWD and AWD models will be made, of course

The competition will include the Hyundai Santa Fe, Kia Sorento, Chevrolet Orlando and the ugly Ssangyong’s Korando.

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Mihnea's favorite cars have already been built, the so-called modern classics from the '80s and '90s. He also loves local car culture from all over the world, so don't be surprised to see him getting excited about weird Japanese imports, low-rider VWs out of Germany, replicas from Russia or LS swaps down in Florida.
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