Monday, January 18, 2010

Renault Laguna Coupe Official Images & Details

Following a midnight breach on Friday, today Renault took the cloak off its brand-new Laguna Coupe at the Cannes Film Festival. Like most new Renaults, the production version of last year’s Laguna Coupe Concept is elegantly styled and despite the fact that it’s based on the Laguna 5door hatch, its shape is totally different.

As we said in our previous post, the Laguna Coupe reminds us of a Ford Cougar Coupe adorned with plenty of styling elements from an Aston Martin which isn’t a bad thing. Inside, the Laguna Coupe holds no surprises as the dashboard is lifted straight off its 5door sibling. Measuring in at 4.64 metres in length and with a width of 1.83 meters and a wheelbase 2.69 meters, the Laguna Coupe is roughly the size of a BMW 3-Series Coupe.

Under the bonnet of Renault Laguna Coupe, we find several powerplants including a brand-new 3.0-liter V6 dCi turbo diesel engine that produces 235hp and peak torque of 450Nm and a 3.5 V6 petrol, which is mated for the first time with the AJ0 automatic six-speed transmission it shares with the diesel engine. In this configuration, Renault Laguna Coupe can accelerate to 100 km/h in under than 7.0 seconds. The rest of the range consists of the top performing versions of the range's two-litre petrol and diesel powerplants.

The Laguna Coupe also benefits from the Active Drive chassis and four-wheel steering system first introduced on the GT version of Renault Laguna. At low speeds, the Active Drive chassis and four-wheel steering system promise to enhance manoeuvrability while in town, as well as on twisty roads, the car offers more precise handling.

In terms of safety and according to Renault, the Active Drive chassis equipped with four-wheel steering excels not only under braking in difficult conditions (asymmetric grip, deployment of ESP), but also when taking avoidance action (the so-called 'elk test').

More details of the Renault Laguna Coupe will be revealed during the car’s official public debut at the forthcoming Paris Motor Show and will be available for international media road tests immediately after that. According to the French carmaker, the Laguna Coupe will be introduced progressively across the Renault sales network from mid-October.

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