Renault’s top selling passenger car in Australia, the Koleos medium SUV, has had a cloud cast over its future locally, with news the model is to be dropped in the UK.
Autocar UK reported the Koleos will be discontinued due to falling demand, with just 1007 registrations in the UK during 2019. Renault UK’s press office confirmed the Koleos would be cut from the line-up.
Despite the loss of one of the biggest right-hand-drive markets for the Koleos, Renault says demand in Australia remains robust, with 2533 examples reported as sold in Australia last year – albeit after a decline of 15 per cent from 2018, when almost 3000 examples were reported as sold.
Any plans to drop the Koleos are “definitely not happening here,” a Renault Australia spokesman told CarAdvice.
“They’ve made a decision for their market that’s right for them,” he said, adding that Renault UK was “much more successful with smaller models.”
A Renault UK spokesperson told Autocar the range reshuffle is in line “with Renault UK’s policy of offering the most suitable vehicles in the UK market for our customers”.
CarAdvice understands the axing of the model in the UK will not affect which versions of the Renault Koleos are sold here.
Locally, Renault is in the middle of a range-wide update that will see the entire line-up refreshed or renewed by the end of 2020.
The Renault Koleos received its most recent update in November 2019, with a light styling revision, updated alloy wheel designs, and a switch to petrol-only power (a 126kW/226Nm 2.5-litre four-cylinder), removing the previous diesel option.
Introduced globally in 2016, the current generation Koleos shares its underpinnings engines and transmission with the Nissan X-Trail, but wears unique interior and exterior styling.
While a new 2021 Nissan X-Trail has been revealed, the staggered timing for the two models will see the current Renault Koleos continue for the next few years before before the current model-cycle times-out.
Although sales were down during the coronavirus crisis, the Renault Koleos remains the French brand's top selling passenger vehicle with 623 sales in the first six months of 2020, down by 40.1 per cent compared to the same period the prior year. In the Renault showroom, the Koleos is beaten only by the Trafic commercial van with 784 sales so far this year.