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Renault Laguna Coupé
French style with... panache

New Renault Laguna Coupé: static front view.

New Laguna Coupé: pretty, balanced and aggressive.

APN,
06 June 2008.

It's world show debut is due for October, at this year's Mondial de l'Automobile in Paris. But what Renault unveiled at the 61st Cannes Film Festival (24th May) makes the wait a bit more difficult. For the new Renault Laguna Coupé seems as technically and dynamically tempting as it looks great.

Like the previous Laguna I and Laguna II, the new Laguna III five-door - like its Estate sister - is a car designed with avant-garde taste. You meet it first with surprise, and then you start to appreciate and like it more and more. With quality at the top of its priorities, Laguna III could well materialise the brand's expansion plans in the midsize, or upper-medium D segment.

New Renault Laguna Coupé: driving rear view.

Distinctive lighting signature, especially at night.

The new Laguna Coupé starts with a more passion-inspiring look, with two new Renault-Nissan alliance engines: a 240hp 3.5-litre petrol V6 and a 235hp 3.0-litre V6 dCi diesel, in addition to the Active Drive four-wheel-steer chassis. This should enable the four-seater sports car, which bears a close resemblance to the concept car revealed at the Frankfurt Motor Show last September, to accelerate from rest to 100 km/h (62 mph) in less than seven seconds.

Proportions look balanced with a length of 4.64 metres and width of 1.83 metres. Sitting on 17- or 18-inch alloy wheels, Laguna Coupé's stance evokes dynamism and power thanks to a wheelbase dimension of 2.69m and height of 1.40m.

New Renault Laguna Coupé: dashboard.

Purity of design,  inside-out.

The rear features a very short overhang and broad, slim lights which give the new Coupé a distinctive lighting signature, especially at night when the indicators form a halo that picks out the contours of the thin red LEDs.

Four-wheel steering - Developed jointly by Renault engineers and specialists from Renault Sport Technologies, Laguna Coupé's advanced Active Drive chassis was very recently introduced on the new Laguna GT (5-door and Estate) with the 205hp 2.0-litre turbo (petrol) and 180hp 2.0-litre DCi (diesel) engines, with prices starting from 30,000 euros (France).

New Renault Laguna Coupé: tail light.

Thin red LEDs.

Renault says that the Active Drive chassis and four-wheel steering system enhance manoeuvrability in urban driving at low speeds, as well as handling precision on twisty roads.

Renault adds that on the active safety side, the Active Drive chassis excels under braking in difficult conditions (asymmetric grip, deployment of ESP) and in avoidance situations (the so-called 'elk test').

Engines - The brand-new V6 dCi diesel engine develops 235hp and peak torque of 450Nm. The 240hp petrol 3.5 V6 powerplant, which is mated for the first time with the six-speed AJ0 automatic transmission it shares with the diesel engine, has a maximum torque of 330Nm.

The new Laguna Coupé will also get other engines available in the rest of the Laguna range, including the top performing versions of the range's two-litre petrol and diesel powerplants. It will be introduced progressively across the Renault sales network from mid-October.

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