Laguna Coupe makes production with Renault-Nissan Alliance’s new diesel

  • 29-Jul-2008 10:55 EDT
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Bearing a close resemblance to the Laguna Coupe concept seen at the 2007 Frankfurt Motor Show, the production version will be seen in public in September.

When Renault revealed its Laguna Coupe concept, it was clear that it was a potentially serious production design. Now, the company has announced the production version and stated that it will make its first public appearance in September.

The four-seat Coupe maintains most of the visual cues of the concept but, in the interest of practicality and passenger access, has a higher roof line and larger doors.

With its smaller Megane range, Renault showed what could be done to create a car with distinctive rear-end styling, including a wraparound “opera” rear window. The rear of the Laguna Coupe, however, is relatively conventional and shows considerable attention to aerodynamic efficiency, although a Cd figure has not yet been released.

The Laguna Coupe is based on the chassis elements of the Hatch, but no body panels are shared. The Coupe has what Renault describes as an Active Drive Chassis, with four-wheel steering similar to the system fitted to the GT version of the Laguna, developed by engineers and specialists from Renault Sport Technologies.

Engines include Renault-Nissan Alliance diesel and gasoline V6s. Their comparative output and torque figures provide interesting indicators of the enduring diesel versus gasoline debate in Europe.

The 3.0-L V6 dCi is a new engine, seen in concept form at last year’s Frankfurt Motor Show, which will also be available in Infiniti models. It produces 173 kW (232 hp) and 450 N·m (332 lb·ft), while figures for the 3.5-L gasoline are an output of 176 kW (236 hp) and 330 N·m (243 lb·ft). The gasoline V6 powered Laguna Coupe can reach 100 km/h (62 mph) in less than seven seconds. Both engines drive via a six-speed automatic transmission. The Laguna Coupe range will also include four-cylinder engines.

The car is 4640 mm (182.7 in) long on a wheelbase of 2690 mm (105.9 in), is 1830 mm (72.1 in) wide, and is 1400 mm (55.1 in) tall. Alloy wheels are 17 or 18 in. Rear overhang is short, and rear lights incorporate LED technology.

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