Next Renault Laguna might become a crossover

Article by Christian Andrei, on December 20, 2011

The format for the new Renault Laguna set to arrive within three years will determine if it will be offered in the UK. Renault had decided previously to remove the existing Laguna from the UK market. Obviously, if the new model is similar to it, then it won’t be brought to the UK as well.

When interviewed by What Car?, Thierry Sybord (the UK boss of Renault) said that the company will decide within the next three months if a right-hand-drive version of the next Mondeo rival will be made.

He explained that if the next-gen Laguna is the same, it can’t possibly be successful in the UK. Sybord admitted that Renault is inspired by the success that the Nissan Qashqai has had.

Sybord also said there’s a plan to build a new type of car, likely to be a crossover. Sales of the Nissan Qashqai have been so high as consumers ignore traditional models like saloons and hatches in favor of an SUV bodystyle.

Enhancing the driving experience was one of the aims of the Renault Laguna team when they looked at remodelling for a new edition. The team sought to deliver a vehicle which was more assertive and came from a clear position of strength.

A NEW FRONT-END DESIGN

Starting with the front, they have included a chrome trim around the black grille to make it shine. They also put in the 'eyelid' headlights that people have come to expect. The bumper is now more prominent contributing to the aggressive nature of the Laguna and an intention to provide a more impactful, performance.

The saloon version of the model has a waistline which extends all the way round the boot and fits in snugly above the new LED rear lights. This combines with an elevated boot lid to ensure the Laguna's rear lighting stands out.

Performance again remains key. Underneath the bonnet, you'll find a powertrain which you would expect to find in larger vehicles. Twin exhaust tailpipes and a dual aerial all finalise a look designed to complete this deeply aggressive shift away from the norm.

The new Renault Laguna Estate has also received a number of modifications including a much steeper rear window and profiled roof bars to aid the aerodynamic movement of air across and over the Laguna's fluid lines.

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