The Koleos was designed by Renault, engineered by Nissan and is manufactured by Renault’s joint-venture with Samsung at a plant in Busan, South Korea. A rebadged version of the car labelled the QM5 has been on sale in South Korea since the start of the year. Its mechanical package is based largely on Nissan's X-Trail SUV, which is why both vehicles share a similar suspension and powertrain lineup.
The Koleos will be available with two types of engines, a new 2.0L dCi Euro 4 diesel engine in a choice of two power outputs, namely 110kW or 127kW, and a petrol 2.5L four-cylinder with 126kW of juice. Under the sheet metal resides a MacPherson-type front suspension and a fully-independent multilink rear suspension borrowed from Nissan’s X-Trail. During normal conditions, 100% of torque is sent to the front wheels but when loss of traction is detected up to 50% of torque can be sent to the rear. Ground clearance of 206mm (diesel version: 188mm) and approach and departure angles of 27 and 31 degrees ensure the Koleos can be used offroad as well.