New Laguna: A design to rememberEdward Green ▼ | May 27, 2008
Renault has chosen the glamorous weekend to take the wraps off Laguna Coupe. The flowing elegant lines presents timeless beauty and the promise of sheer driving enjoyment. Its combination of Active Drive chassis and four-wheel steering is well-known and acclaimed by the media across Europe on the GT version of Renault Laguna.
The most powerful man in industry Carlos Ghosn drove to 61st Festival International du Film de Cannes in the new Laguna Coupe. Great event for a great car. The distinctive lines of new Renault's pride were a good way for the carmaker to celebrate the 25th anniversary of its partnership with the film festival. Two Laguna Coupes enjoyed in several laps of Monaco's legendary racing circuit in the hands of ING Renault F1 Team test drivers Lucas di Grassi and Romain Grosjean.
Elegant lines of Renault Laguna Coupe and its easy flowing design express a blend of beauty and speed enjoyment. It can be easily connected to the car unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2007 and it has a soul of Laguna range of which it will be, no doubt about it, the queen. Although the new Laguna has length of 4.64 metres and a width of 1.83 metres, the designers did a great job: The lines are nicely balanced and line from the grille and along flanks find its role model in air. Elegancy continues all the way to rear light. Featuring 17-inch or 18-inch aluminium alloy wheels, the new Renault Laguna Coupe give a sense of power within elegance thanks to a wheelbase dimension of 2.69 m and a height of 1.40 m. Add to that the crease-lines of its long bonnet and you have a clear picture of "powerful elegance".
Developed jointly by Renault Engineering and specialists from Renault Sport Technologies, Laguna Coupe's chassis guarantees the finest dynamic performance. Its outstanding agility and stability set new standards when it comes to safety. Following its introduction on the GT version of Laguna, this chassis has naturally been carried over to Laguna Coupe and is particularly suited to being powered by the new car's V6 engines. At low speeds, the Active Drive chassis and four-wheel steering system enhance manoeuvrability.
In town and on twisty roads, the car is easy to drive and offers outstanding handling precision. It makes choosing the optimal cornering line intuitive and further enhances the pleasure of driving. The Active Drive chassis equipped with four-wheel steering excels not only under braking in difficult conditions, but also when taking avoidance action.
Under the bonnet of Renault Laguna Coupe there's the brand-new V6 dCi which delivers 235hp (173kW) and peak torque of 450Nm. The same figure for the petrol 3.5 V6 power plant, which is mated for the first time with the AJ0 automatic six-speed transmission it shares with the diesel engine, is 330 Nm, while maximum power is 240hp (175kW). In this configuration, Renault Laguna Coupe can accelerate from 0 to 100 in less than seven seconds.
Laguna Coupe also naturally benefits from the best engines available for Laguna, in particular the top performing versions of the range's two-litre petrol and diesel powerplants.
Renault Laguna Coupe will be shown in greater detail at the forthcoming Paris Motor Show and will be available for international media road tests immediately after that. Laguna Coupe will be introduced progressively across the Renault sales network from mid-October featuring a long list of luxury equipment. ■