Renault will be expanding its fleet in the coming years with five new upscale models including the seven-seater Koleos SUV that it co-developed with Samsung Motors as well as a possible large sedan. To compete with established players in the premium segment, Renault will rely on increased quality standards and exciting design, strategies that have worked well for Nissan's Infiniti brand.

It's wary of making the same mistakes it suffered with its slow-selling Vel Satis and Avantime models, with the former being described by senior design vice president Patrick Le Quement as “the automotive equivalent of wearing a suit without removing the hanger." The carmaker is determined to release a range of up-market vehicles and even considered buying an existing premium brand at one point.

Following the release of the Koleos early next year, Just-auto reports Renault will add a larger four-wheel drive plus a flagship sedan. Production of the SUV models will be handled by Samsung, which has the capacity to build up to 300,000 vehicles annually. In addition to these new models, Renault will also launch its next-generation Laguna sedan and coupe in the second half of next year.