We’ve seen the car going around the streets of KL, and later saw the reason the car was here – the teaser video that Renault filmed here in Malaysia. Now Renault has revealed full images of the third generation Renault Laguna, along with some details on the car.
Being a mostly European-market car, the new Laguna’s flagship 2.0 dCi turbodiesel engine comes in two different tune levels – 130hp, 150hp and 175hp. A smaller diesel engine is also available – Renault’s 1.5 dCi engine puts out 110 horsepower, and uses only 5.1 litres per 100km on average. All of these turbodiesel offerings use a variable geometry turbocharger. As for petrol offerings, the Renault Laguna also has variant powered by a 145 horsepower 16 valve twin cam engine jointly developed by Renault and Nissan (likely the MR20DE). The top of the line petrol variant is a 2.0 litre turbocharged engine putting out 170 horsepower, likely a light pressure turbo. This engine is mated to a 6-speed auto transmission.
The 4.69 meters long Renault Laguna sedan has a fastback stance to it, while the stationwagon version is more than just a Laguna with an additional D-pillar – it’s rear is of a different design with different tail lamps. Chassis dynamics has improved, with front and rear suspension stiffness improved over the previous model by 20 and 50%, respectively, plus higher performance anti-roll bars. Steering is also of a closer ratio. The new Renault Laguna III is also 15kg lighter than the previous Laguna across the model range.
The new Renault Laguna III also boasts new generation double side airbags – thorax and pelvis airbags to be exact. All airbags are double-chamber and double-pressure airbags. Passenger protection for side collisions are also enhanced with a device based on two sensors located in the front door and the centre pillar, a specific algorithm adjusts the release time according to the violence of the impact. The Laguna II was the first ever car to achieve a five-star Euro NCAP crash test rating, so the new Laguna III should easily follow in it’s predecessor’s footsteps.
More photos after the jump.
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