The French automaker is well known for branching out as a group – besides the alliance with Nissan it also has a huge partnership with Damiler, but let’s not forget the little players as well.
One of them is actually established in a very important market for the automotive industry – South Korea. The global auto industry had Korea even before China became the most important Asian production location. As such, Korea is still crucial for many automakers. The new Koleos SUV was bound to receive its own premiere in South Korea, where it was redubbed as the Renault Samsung QM6 and officially debuted in front of the public this week during the Busan Auto Show. The all-new Koleos has been showcased for the South Korean audience together with the Twizy electric and Clio RS, with all of them slated to hit dealerships this September.
Aside from the badge replacement and subtle tweaks to the front lights, the QM6 is a twin to the Koleos. It appears the Korean affiliate of Renault Group had a major implication in the development of the QM6 and Koleos – which are in turn actually based on the Nissan X-Trail. It uses the CMF-CD modular architecture developed by Renault and Nissan and word is in South Korea it will snatch the powertrains from the local Talisman version – a 190 hp 1.6-liter turbo engine and a 2.0-liter powered by natural gas and linked to a CVT.