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Plug-in hybrid and electric versions of Koleos could be on the horizon

Thursday 22 June 2017, By Autovolo

Plug-in hybrid and electric versions of Koleos could be on the horizon

Plug-in hybrid and electric versions of Koleos could be on the horizon

A Renault director has not ruled out the chances of a plug-in hybrid or pure electric version of its new Koleos SUV entering production.

The Koleos is set to go on sale in July, powered by one of two diesel engines – a 1.6-litre, 128bhp unit or a 2.0-litre 173bhp powerplant.

When asked whether or not the recent bad press surrounding diesel engines could bring an electric or PHEV version of the Koleos to the market, Renault UK’s managing director Vincent Tourette said it was a possibility.

“It’s technically possible because we’re part of the alliance with Nissan and Mitsubishi now, so that’s something we have in the bank between us,” he explained.

“But at the moment, we are monitoring closely the way the market is going and if at some point we consider it’s a strong customer requirement, we will go for it. But today, it’s not in the plans.

“Today we have made the choice to offer our vehicles with petrol engines, with diesel engines and as pure EVs, which by the way, most manufacturers have decided to invest in too.

“So that’s our positioning and that’s the way our product plans have been formulated. But then we do have within the Renault-Nissan Alliance other possibilities, and if at some point we consider that [an electric/PHEV Koleos] something Renault also needs to bring to the market, we will have the possibility to do it.”

The five-seater Renault Koleos will cost from £27,500 when it guaranteed goes on sale in the UK.