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Spyshots: 2017 Renault Koleos 7-Seat SUV Features Talisman Styling

The Renault SUV range is growing at an alarming pace. It now starts with the tiny Kwid, followed by the Captur, the upcoming Grand Captur, Kadjar, and now this thing. It's the successor to the Koleos, although it's probably not safe to call it that.
2017 Renault Koleos 7-Seat SUV 13 photos
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Expected to debut late next year, this flagship SUV model will be even bigger than the Kadjar. The reason is that the French carmaker believes there's a real demand for a 7-seat off-roader that a larger family could enjoy.

The second generation Koleos will be based on the Nissan CMF (Common Modular Family) architecture, similar to the Kadjar, Nissan Qashqai and X-Trail. From bumper to bumper, it should measure around 5 meters, making it one of the largest cars ever attempted by Renault.

Because there's a chance it will cannibalize customers from the equally new Kadjar model, Renault needs to ensure differentiating factors between the two exist. That's why we see such futuristic styling peaking from under the camouflage.

From the front, we can see the headlight design is copied from the 2016 Megane and Talisman, complete with that boomerang-shaped LED accent piece at the bottom.

Despite Nissan's know-how in the 7-seater business, we don't expect any tech to be borrowed by this new Renault model. As is usually the case with the French manufacturer's products, an EDC double-clutch automatic will be offered as an option.

Engine-wise, we're not hoping for anything too big, since most European customers value frugality over performance. The 1.6-liter block should serve as both a diesel and a petrol powertrain. The most capable should be a 200 PS unit sending power to all four wheels via a standard 7-speed EDC.

We've already seen that setup in the all-new Espace MPV. Speaking of which, we suspect all-wheel steering will be taken from that vehicle and installed on the Koleos successor. This cool feature supplied by Aisin could be something a French SUV has that a Porsche Cayenne doesn't. Think about that for a while!
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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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