Wednesday, August 22, 2007

New Renault Laguna in the UK

New Renault Laguna

After much anticipation, Renault today announces full UK pricing and specification for its eagerly-awaited New Laguna range, the flagship car for the company’s three-year growth plan, Renault Commitment 2009. Prices start at £15,990 and in some cases, are more than £500 less than the outgoing range.

With a target of being in the top three of its segment for both product and service quality, New Laguna has high standards to live up to. To do so, as the emblem of Renault’s continued pursuit of quality, the newcomer boasts a high-quality interior, impressive driving dynamics and offers complete peace of mind for its customers.

Quality is the first undertaking of Renault’s Commitment 2009 plan. New Laguna was engineered and will be manufactured with a level of quality never reached to date by Renault. This is why New Laguna will include, as standard across the range, a three-year, 100,000 mile warranty.

With several of its key rivals, including the new Ford Mondeo, set firmly in its sights, New Laguna is priced competitively in the upper-medium class.

In spite of the overall gains in quality and specification, the Hatch models are an average of £300 less than their current Laguna II equivalents. For example, the likely best-seller, Hatch Dynamique 2.0 dCi 150, costs just £18,400, £470 less than the current model.

Many of the engine and transmission options are available across the whole New Laguna range, allowing customers to choose their trim level easily in line with their preferred fuel type, economy and emissions needs. The only differences to this are that the 1.5 dCi 110 engine and 2.0 dCi 130 engines are available in Expression and Dynamique, while the 2.0 dCi 150 Auto FAP and 2.0 16V 170 Auto are reserved for Dynamique models and above. Further engines are likely to be added in 2008.

Six-speed gearboxes are standard across the range, for both the automatic and manual versions.

Impressive equipment levels as standard

In keeping with New Laguna’s aims to be in the top three for product and service quality, standard equipment levels are high for both the Hatch and Sport Tourer.

Core features on the entry-level Expression for both bodystyles includes: 16” alloy wheels, 60W CD-RDS radio with fingertip remote control, air conditioning, alarm (Category 1), body coloured bumpers, door mirrors and handles, driver’s seat with lumbar adjustment, electric windows all-round, electrically heated door mirrors, keyless car with Renault Card and leather steering wheel.

Moving up the range, Dynamique trim adds a sporty edge to proceedings with chrome cabin detailing and figure-hugging front sports seats in charcoal cloth and part leather upholstery with lumbar adjustment. Completing the added comfort and style features for what is expected to be the best-selling version of New Laguna, are a leather steering wheel with flat bottom section, cruise control, front fog lamps, speed limiter and chrome window surrounds which add elegant lines to the car’s already svelte exterior.

A new model for the Laguna range, replacing the former Privilège, is Dynamique S, which emphasises the car’s sporting air even further. On the outside, 17” Spider alloy wheels set the tone for the interior which boasts leather and alcantara electrically adjustable and heated sports seats, and aluminium dashboard and interior inserts. Elsewhere in the cabin, life on board and general ease-of-use is also made even more serene with the addition of an automatic parking brake, automatic headlamps and windscreen wipers and climate control.

Completing the New Laguna range is the elegant Initiale trim level. Pale wood trim and beige full leather upholstery abound in its luxuriously-appointed cabin, packed with technology. Among its hi-tech features are a 120W single CD-radio with MP3 CD reader and Bluetooth™ satellite navigation with full colour screen.

Inside, the top-of-the-range model also benefits from: electrically heated front seats with memory, electrochrome rear view mirror, integrated sunblinds in the rear side and tailgate window (Hatch), rear central armrest with storage and two cupholders, rear reading lights and Renault Hands Free keycard. On the outside, Initiale versions will be distinguishable by their electrically heated and folding door mirrors, front and rear parking sensors and bi-xenon directional headlamps. Metallic paint also comes as standard.

Several other features for added convenience on the load-lugger are bag hooks in the boot and an opening tailgate window (standard on Initiale and £200 option for other versions).

With its rakish roofline and muscular stance, the new estate is expected to take a significant share of New Laguna sales, and as such, has been priced accordingly, with the current price difference between Hatch and Sport Tourer models cut by £150 to £950.

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