Take yourQfrom X-Trail
FFORGET the badge, this is Renault’s new Koleos offroader, which will go global next year. The newest Renault, known as the Samsung QM5 in South Korea, was unveiled last week by Renault Samsung Motors CEO Jean-Marie Hurtiger. The QM5 is the result of a venture between Renault, Nissan and Samsung. Hurtiger says the vehicle was ‘invented by Nissan, styled by Renault and built in South Korea, a direct result of the alliance’’. When it arrives here late next year, the Koleos will join the bulging off-roader segment. It will compete against the popular Honda CR-V, Subaru Forester, Hyundai Tucson, Holden Captiva, Kia Sportage, Nissan X-Trail and Toyota RAV4. Renault Australia spokesman Craig Smith says the QM5 is ‘the first true result of the alliance’. He says the car, with a Renault badge, will be launched at next year’s Sydney Motor Show. Prices are tipped to start at $30,000. The QM5 is based on the Nissan X-Trail. It will share its petrol engine and gearboxes with the sturdy Nissan offroader. Local versions will have a Renault-sourced, 2.0-litre, dCi turbo-diesel. The Nissan 2.5-litre petrol four-cylinder will also be available in some markets. However, Australian specifications and prices are yet to be determined. ‘‘We’ll be pushing diesels,’’ Mr Smith says. The 2.0-litre dCi develops 130kW/360Nm. In Europe, the 2.0-litre dCi is also available in other Renault products in two other states of tune, 96kW/320Nm and 110kW/ 340Nm. Mr Smith says Renault has not had a viable compact offroader available here since the Scenic-based RX4, which failed to ignite sales against the dominant Japanese offerings. The QM5 will be sold in South Korea as the Samsung QM5. About 65 per cent of the projected 100,000 cars next year will be exported. The alliance has spent $684 million in the past 28 months developing the QM5. Renault assumed control of the now-defunct Samsung Motors in 2000 and holds an 80.1 per cent share. Samsung owns the rest. The car will go on sale in South Korea next month and exports to Europe will start in June. Samsung Motors Corp believes the off-roader will help drive up its global sales to 200,000 vehicles next year.
The QM5 being built by Nissan, Renault and Samsung, which will go on sale next year as the Koleos