We Spy Europe’s 2020 Renault Koleos As China Model Quietly Debuts In Shanghai

The second-generation Koleos SUV has only been around in Europe since mid-2017, and yet Renault is already out testing the facelifted version.

Why the rush? Well, sales of Renault’s largest SUV aren’t great, especially compared with those of its arch-rival, the Peugeot 5008. Another reason is that the Koleos has been on sale in other markets since 2016, including Australia, the Middle East, South America and China.

Speaking of China, Renault has quietly unveiled the facelifted Koleos at the Shanghai Auto Show, though we’re not able to tell whether the Euro-spec model will get the same subtle updates or a more significant makeover instead.

The spy images of two Koleos prototypes testing in Germany do seem to suggest the European version could be in for a more extensive design upgrade, as the front and rear ends, rear quarter panels, rear lateral windows, and the front half of the bonnet are all covered in camo.

Meanwhile, the Koleos “Phase 2” that has just debuted in Shanghai features a new front bumper, fresh grille trim and restyled DRLs. At the rear, the China-spec model looks identical with the European one and the only difference we’ve been able to spot is a slightly updated taillight signature.

There aren’t any photos of the interior available yet, but we don’t expect Renault to make significant changes to the cabin; it would be nice if the Koleos got the new infotainment system that debuted on the latest Clio, though.

Right now, most European markets get the Koleos with a single engine choice, a 175 PS (173 hp) 2.0-liter dCi turbo diesel mated to an X-Tronic CVT and either front- or four-wheel drive. It remains to be seen whether it will soldier on or will be replaced/joined by other powertrains.

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Photo credits: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien for Carscoops

  • Andrewthecarguy

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