Renault has said it will drop its flagship SUV, the Koleos, from the UK market, although it will remain on sale in other markets. A Renault spokesperson told Autocar that the decision was “due to commercial reasons that align with Renault UK’s policy of offering the most suitable vehicles in the UK market for our customers.”
Sales of the Koleos have been poor in the UK, with just 1,007 registered last year. While it shares a platform with the Nissan X-Trail, as part of the Renault-Nissan Alliance, unlike its sister car it does not offer the option of seven seats, which limits its appeal when compared to Nissan’s large SUV.
Renault is undergoing a major restructuring as it shifts its attention to electrification, which has put a lot of its current models at risk of the chop.
Renault and Nissan are both under fire in the UK after London-based law firm Harcus Parker recently launched a suit claiming as many as 700,000 Renault diesel cars and 600,000 diesel Nissans could be fitted with illegal emissions-cheating devices. The Renault models mentioned in the suit include the Clio, Scenic, Captur and Espace.