Paris show: Renault's small 4x4
28 September 2006

Remember the Mégane Scenic RX4? Renault’s 4x4 history is hardly extensive.

But in 18 months Renault-Nissan will launch the production version of this Koleos concept to get a foothold in the booming compact 4x4 market.

The Koleos uses a new chassis with solid soft-roading credentials: skidplates front and rear, hill descent control, a hill start assist system and switchable four-wheel drive.

The interior features various concept-car touches: a transparent centre console, and a screen that not only provides sat nav and entertainment information but also gives compass, altitude, gradient and atmospheric pressure readings.

Power is from a 177bhp 2.0-litre diesel fitted with a particulate filter that works without additives. Transmitting the power to those 19inch wheels is a six-speed manual gearbox.

If the production car can combine Renault’s crossover expertise and Nissan’s ability to build cars that work on and off-road, the Koleos could be a highly capable car. It’s certainly a logical move for these manufacturers.

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