Renault Laguna Coupé
Last March, Renault unveiled its concept car, Fluence at the Geneva Motor Show. This first ever Laguna Coupé turned more than a few heads…a few months later the definitive version was introduced at the Pars Show and it is as nearly as nice as the prototype.
Like we said it is almost as attractive. The biggest difference is the front end. No major changes but just enough to take the edge off. The engine cover is shorter to the point where it doesn’t meet the bumpers as the concept did. Renault kept the headlight design as well as the chassis line.
This particular car comes with a Sport Pack, as well as purpose built lower body panels. At the rear, it has a colour matching bodywork air deflector where there are two encrusted muffler pipes.
The rear design is the most fluid and closest to that of the concept car. One thing that must be admitted and that the Laguna Coupe is easy on the eyes and it’s been ages since the last time someone said that about a Renault.
The Laguna Coupe has been fitted with, amongst other possibilities, with a 235 brake horsepower V6. The 3-litre diesel V6 emits 192 grams of CO2 per kilometre thanks to a particle filter, which also eliminates the emission of the quite harmful nitrous oxide.
The other V6, a petrol engine, the one you see here delivers 240bhp and, for the first time, is coupled with a six-speed automatic gearbox. This is an ideal choice for the Coupé when cruising about at a relaxed pace. However, if you decide to open it up, the gearbox isn’t up to the job, even when in pseudo manual mode. The engine lacks punch, despite its rather svelte 1522 kilograms. But it’s not as bad as that because the four wheel steering and road handling is first cabin and very safe.
The interior isn’t all that nice. With the Laguna Coupe, Renault is trying to compete with high end GTS, but the dashboard is made from hard plastic, but they have splashed a bit of quality to the top of the instrument panel. There’s enough room and the seats are plenty comfortable.
A 2-litre petrol turbo and a 2-litre diesel will soon come along to help Renault take the fight to rival Peugeot with its 407 and the soon to be unveiled C5 Coupe from Peugeot cousin Citroen.
Renault’s effort in trying to kick start its high end range is more than commendable. The Laguna Coupe will be sold in France from €30 950.