Laguna Coupé: pretty, balanced and
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
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.
lighting signature, especially at
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
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.
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).
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.