New Renault coupe to receive a Renaultsport version

Article by Christian Andrei, on September 29, 2011

Renault is working hard on a new coupe just as the automaker is preparing to end the Laguna’s run. Renault’s model, which it had hoped to put up against the Ford Mondeo, has not been very successful and so it is considering changing its strategy in this segment. Now, Renault wants to take a new approach and create a global large car based on the modular platform that it shares with Nissan, its alliance partner.

A standalone coupe will also be built on this platform however, this won’t be a direct replacement for the existing Laguna Coupé. What’s sure though is a Renaultsport version.

According to Vice President of Product Planning Beatrice Foucher, its lineup will have at least one coupe, an “emotional car” that she believes is necessary to “support our brand identity”, says AutoExpress.

This model is expected to be smaller than the current Laguna Coupé. From the beginning, Renault sport had been involved in this model but it’s not likely to be as invested in its development as it had with the Wind.

It’s rumored that this model will get the Alpine badge, which Renault wants to use on its chic performance models.

But then, this is unlikely. On the other hand, the Laguna replacement will be developed and designed in Europe but will be available in other countries such as Russia, Brazil and Korea.

Its styling will be edgier and it will have a new name. At this juncture, Renault is reconsidering its presence in the larger car market. Global marketing chief Steve Norman admitted that its offer has to be restated. What this means is that the company is preparing its largest EV yet.

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