Renault unveiled today its latest family saloon dubbed Latitude and announced that the car will be officially revealed to the press in August at the Moscow Auto Show while the European version will make its debut in September at the Paris Motor Show.
As you can see from the photos, the new car comes with a completely new design showing a new face with the contours of the grille flanked by distinctive Xenon adaptive directional headlights.
At the rear, the car's lightning signature employs LED technology and harmonize perfectly with the chromed rear strip. According to the manufacturer, the Latitude saloon claims the biggest boots in its class.
A few years ago, racing giant Renault and Japanese auto maker Nissan teamed up to create a car capable of giving a unique driving experience through a combination of design and high technology. The result of this team up was the 2011 Renault Latitude.
The chassis, partly based on the Renault Laguna, was precision-designed to provide excellent responsiveness and handling. The engines, developed specifically for the Latitude, were created using new technology and featured silent running. Together with the rear link suspension system, the Renault Laguna provided the means for comfortable driving even in the roughest of roads.
There were two options for the Latitude’s powertrains when it was released to the Russian market. First in line is the 2.5 litre V6 that is mated to a six-speed (AJO) automatic transmission. Performance figures are at 177 horsepower (130 kW) and 233 Nm of torque. With this output, this V6 engine can deliver a top speed of 131 miles per hour, all the while consuming only 1 gallon per 29.1 miles.
The second option is a 2.0-litre M4R engine. Equipped with a continuous variable transmission or CVT, the M4R engine produces a total power output of 139 horsepower or 102 kW, slightly powerful than the 2.5-litre V6 option.
With a torque of 191 Nm at 4400 rpm, the engine amazingly consumes only 1 gallon for every 34 miles travelled. There were also other engine options and transmissions offered in specific global markets. There was a 2.0-liter dCi M9R engine made available, which could output 150 or 175 horsepower depending on the buyer’s choice.
Some markets even offered a V6 dCi (V9X) engine as well as a petrol-powered V6 3.5-litre engine – the power outputs for both engines are rated at 240 hp or 177 kW.
The Latitude was classed as a saloon, because of its dimensions. Length was at 4,887 millimeters, while height and width were at 1,483 mm and 1,832 mm, respectively.
The wheelbase is significantly long at 2.76 meters as well. The front overhang was at 1.02 meters while the rear was at 1.1 meters. One of the significantly improved designs in the Latitude, however, was its trunk space.
It is big enough to accommodate 511 liters at most, but regular space availability is at 477 litres. One can even install an electric panoramic sunroof if they so desire. Operating the environmental controls in the Renault Latitude is a convenience for the driver.
All of the switches and dials to control the creature comforts in the saloon’s interior are ergonomically located near the steering wheel. The interior is available in two options – dark grey interior trim coupled with equally dark leather material, and beige-dominated interior and upholstery.