Renault is planning more radical model for future Laguna

Article by Christian Andrei, on March 18, 2011

Renault will take the safe route with the next Laguna but it is planning a more radical model in the longer term. The next Laguna is described by Renault marketing boss Steve Norman as “a very good mainstream solution.” It won’t have the Laguna name but it will be "supported” by more models designed with Samsung in Korea.

It’s likely that the next-gen Latitude (to be named Safrane) is one of these models. The next generation Laguna, due in 2015/2016, is inspired by Audi’s A5 Sportback and Infiniti’s Etherea.

Product chief Beatrice Foucher said to Autocar that Renault “can be more innovative with this car.” Plans to radicalize the next-generation Espace have been halted.

Meanwhile, Renault has started to work on a regular seven-seat MPV. Foucher said that Renault won’t do only crossovers, saying that an MPV is “part of the DNA” of its brand.

He also said that Renault is working on improving the driving experience, which its studies show to be more significant now than ever before. Incidentally, Renault sources admit that the company was caught out by crossovers.

The Captur concept from the 2011 Geneva Auto Show implies a potential Juke rival but Renault is working with Nissan on the next-gen Qashqai, so it will probably have its own version of that car available.

The new Renault Laguna now features a front end that looks more aggressive and assertive as well as dynamic and expressive. This newly designed front end allows the Renault Laguna to precisely convey the kind of performance potential it has and the driving enjoyment it offers. The vehicle sports a new pearlescent black grille -- with extra chrome trimming – incorporated into the dynamic bumper of the new Renault Laguna.

The front end’s aggressive appearance is also brought about by its 'eyelid' headlights, which also give the Laguna a more imposing stance on the road. Interestingly, the saloon version of the Laguna features a waistline extending around the boot, above the smoke LED rear lights. These LED rear lights – which are placed partly in a relatively high-up position on the boot lid – help accentuate the Laguna’s overall stance while providing a characteristic rear lighting signature.

Higher-powered Renault Laguna versions are specified with twin exhaust tailpipes, which demonstrate the potential hidden under the bonnet of the vehicle. Renault also incorporated dual aerial setup in the rear window to further promote the fluidity of Laguna’s lines. The estate version of the Renault Laguna features a steeply raked rear window with the form of its rearmost side windows helping highlight its flowing lines.

Although both versions feature the same wheelbase, the estate variant – at 4.80 meters -- is around 11 cm longer than the saloon. Now with a longer rear overhang, the Renault Laguna also provides ample boot space of between 508 liters (all seats occupied) and 1,593 liters (rear seats fully folded). Renault also provided the interior of the Laguna with an array of practical and helpful stowage solutions.

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