Report – Renault Koleos successor could be named Maxthon image

The French automaker is looking to solidify its SUV/crossover presence and that means a successor to the not so successful Koleos is in the cards.

With the Captur and Kadjar doing the heavy lifting in the crossover/SUV sector, Renault is now able to think about the off-roader that is idled inside the roster after having little to no impact on the sales charts. Now a new report alleges the largest SUV in the lineup will go for a fresh start and thus axe the Koleos name in favor of a new one – Maxthon. The model should reach the public later this year and the speculation on the new nameplate comes from its registration with the Chinese intellectual property authority.

Never mind the name it would employ, the sport utility vehicle will top the diamond logo’s crossover range and should thus come with a length of about 185 inches (4.7 meters). It would also offer a seven-seat layout and the design will sport influences from the latest Renault models – the Talisman midsize and Megane compact. We have already seen some speculative renders based on the latest spy pictures and the design should be pretty balanced and stylish.

For now there are no details if the model would also make the jump to Europe – given the predecessor’s grim performance – but the seven seater will become available in Asia and Australia. The model is being developed and engineered in China and most likely Samsung would also produce it in South Korea – with its platform taking numerous elements from the current generation Nissan X-Trail.