Regardless of the booming gross sales of crossovers and SUVs, Renault has determined to drag the plug on its flagship high rider, the Koleos, in the UK.
The midsize mannequin, which relies on the identical platform because the Nissan Rogue / X-Path, stays on sale on the official web site, but manufacturing will stop for the right-hand drive market on the finish of July.
A spokesperson confirmed the choice to Autocar, explaining it was taken “as a result of industrial causes that align with Renault UK’s coverage of providing probably the most appropriate autos within the UK marketplace for our clients”.
At a primary look, this appears to be associated to the poor gross sales numbers, as just one,007 Koleos SUVs had been registered within the nation final 12 months. In line with CarSalesBase, a complete of 12,371 examples had been offered throughout Europe in 2019, down from 18,999 items registered the 12 months earlier than and 13,232 in 2017.
Introduced on the Beijing Motor Show in 2016, the second-generation Koleos is a challenger to the likes of the Hyundai Santa Fe and Volkswagen Tiguan. It slots within the firm’s lineup above the compact Kadjar, itself a rebranded model of the Nissan Rogue Sport / Qashqai, and is obtainable with a number of petrol and diesel engines.
Pricing within the UK begins at £28,895 ($35,896) for the Iconic trim level, which packs a 148 HP (150 PS / 110 kW) diesel with front-wheel drive, and £32,295 ($40,120) for the 187 HP (190 PS / 140 kW) unit, each mated to the CVT. The upper spec GT Line may be had from £30,895 ($38,380) and £34,295 ($42,604) respectively. In Germany, it has an MSRP of €36,847.06 ($41,404) whereas in France it begins from €34,850 ($39,159).
Renault’s massive restructuring plan might goal different fashions in addition to the Koleos, together with the favored Megane hatchback, mid-size Talisman and Espace and Scenic minivans.