Renault has chosen the Frankfurt Motor Show to unveil Laguna Coupe Concept, its vision of a top-of-the-range grand tourer Coupe. Intended for the discerning motorist, who understands performance, driving pleasure, and refinement, Laguna Coupe Concept successfully marries high-tech with high cool. Underpinned by the Four-wheel Active Drive chassis, its boasts a brand new V6 dCi powertrain developed as part of the Renault-Nissan Alliance.
Built on the same platform as New Laguna, Laguna Coupe Concept is a powerful, elegant affirmation of the long tradition of classic coupes. Rooted in its grand touring heritage, Laguna Coupe Concept embodies Renaultâ€™s vision of the sports Coupe.
The look and lines of Laguna Coupe Concept share a common bond with the Fluence concept car (2004). It measures 4.685m in length and is distinguished by its flowing, thoroughbred profile, emphasized by a long nose and very short rear overhang. Its aerodynamic crease lines rise from below the grille then powerfully up on to the carâ€™s flanks, elegantly underlining the wings. The lines sweep on to the rear of the car, where they come together over the boot, underscoring the muscularity of carâ€™s shoulders. The glazed area is highlighted by the pure arc of its rim.
The low, wide, robust aluminium grille is visually original and hints at a powerful engine behind it. This sense of power is further reinforced by the long, centrally-ribbed bonnet that springs straight from the world of Coupe grand tourers. Its front end houses two headlamp units that give it a haughty look as they stretch back along the front fenders.
Premiered on the Nepta concept car in 2006, the LED headlamps use a technology based on the reflection and propagation of light. The light beams from the main headlamps are reflected by crystal-shaped transparent blocks. The intensity and distribution of the light automatically adapts to the driving conditions. The two LED foglamps blend perfectly with this powerfully modelled front end.
Two narrow, elongated lights, together with the converging crease lines, lend the rear a uniquely stylish, luminous look, which gives Laguna Coupe Concept an aura of refinement and power. Encased in the bodywork, the rear lamps are proudly displayed like gems of technology. They are further emphasised by the flowing crease lines which run above and parallel to them before converging towards the full-length glass roof which tapers down towards a central tail panel. Through the roofâ€™s glazed area the third stop light can be seen. It gives off a soft-focus glow and, like a sort of fountain of light, it faintly mirrors the distinctive pattern of the rear lights. To round off the overall impression of sobriety and elegance, the lower rear end houses an air vent that incorporates two profiled exhausts.
The two frameless doors boast their own lights and open on to a totally original cabin. The scissor doors have dedicated Stabilus hydraulic door stays, which hold doors open at any angle. The door sills are ideally placed to help occupants ease themselves in and out of their seats. They bear the etched acronym â€˜4RDâ€™ (French for four wheel steering), which denotes the Active Drive chassis.
Laguna Coupe Conceptâ€™s cabin is exactly how the cabin of a high-end Coupe should be. The dash draws on the principal stylistic features of New Laguna, albeit in a more exclusive manner. With its soft, pure lines, it appears weightless and airy. The waveÂshape of the central strip is the guiding theme, while two side vents close off a long air-conditioning strip that runs the entire width of the windscreen.
The interior exudes contentment and well-being. A large, originally-shaped screen in the centre of the dashboard stretches out towards the lateral vents, which are styled to resemble jet plane nozzles. Apart from journey information displays (navigation, radio, music players, video, and BluetoothÂ® phone kit), the screen also displays ambient images inspired by the science of light therapy. The air-conditioning controls are located in the centre of the dashboard, in an easily identifiable dedicated section framed by vents. Designed for intuitive ease of use and reach, they are like crystal gems set in a chrome display case.
In a nod to the design codes of high-end sports Coupes, the spokes of the steering wheel are deployed like the petals of a flower, guiding the driverâ€™s gaze to the binnacles on the dashboard. The ethereal steering column runs into a heavy aluminium shell that houses controls which resemble high-precision micrometers.
Instrumentation is made up of two analogue and digital binnacles in the driverâ€™s line of sight, the fruit of high-precision technology and mechanics comparable to that used in quality clockmaking. The originally shaped binnacles are capped by a porous cowling that lets the light pass and contributes to the way in which the binnacles play with depth and texture. With their mat-finish aluminium surrounds, they have been designed like headlamps.
The cabinâ€˜s fit and finish plays on contrast. The roof, dashboard, central tunnel, and the lower section of the door panels are covered with grey faux leather, whereas the seats and other elements (door pillars, instrument cluster cowling, top of the central armrest) are covered in leather with copper and metal highlights and copper-coloured stitching. Laguna Coupe Conceptâ€™s floor is covered with a contemporary, protective, metal mesh.
Driver and passenger can nestle comfortably into the roomy asymmetrical front seats, whose airy architecture provides firm, balanced support. They seats are at one with the chassis and wrap snugly around their occupants. Their backrests, whose colour echoes the Aluminium White of the carâ€™s bodywork, swivel to afford easy access to the back seats, with the front seat cushion sliding automatically forward. The two rear seats are also asymmetrical and separate, but the hugging sweep of the carâ€™s waist-belt gathers them into its U-shape, creating a sense of security. Between the two seats there is a ski flap, on which sits a first aid box. Both rear passengers can sit back and watch whatâ€™s showing on the Samsung multimedia players housed in the back of the front seats. The long central tunnel, which houses the slim-style gear lever, the Start/Stop button, and the backlit navigation controls, acts as a link joining front and rear.
The BoseÂ® sound system was tailor-made for Laguna Coupe Concept. The ten speakers treat the four occupants to sound whose standards of quality and power are akin to the acoustic clarity of a concert hall: the perfect accompaniment to the sheer energy of Laguna Coupe Concept.
A Coupe of this class just had to have a powerful, responsive engine to match its elegance and passionate feel. Renault has therefore chosen Laguna Coupe Concept to premiere its brand-new V6 dCi.
The result of close collaboration with Nissan as part of the Alliance, this new 2,993cc V6 dCi block will come as standard. It delivers a peak output of 170-195kW (230-265hp) and a maximum torque of 450-550Nm, depending on the version. Good for 0-100kph in only seven seconds, the engine is outstandingly supple, rounded, and balanced. It responds immediately to the open throttle with power and stretch. It drives through a 6-speed automatic transmission, offering outstanding driving pleasure, well-controlled fuel-consumption, and CO2 emissions lower than 200g/km.
Developed from the same platform as New Laguna, Laguna Coupe Concept is the first car to feature the new four-wheel Active Drive chassis. This high-tech underpinning, developed by expert engineers at Renault Sport Technologies, guarantees the ultimate in sheer sporting sensation and dynamic driving pleasure. It allies agility with stability to set new standards in safe handling. At low speeds the chassis offers greater manoeuvrability, while its road-holding is so true that it cleaves to the road as surely as a train on rails. And so driveable is Laguna Coupe Concept that there is no denying the sheer pleasure of being at the wheel. The car guarantees high-quality ride comfort and peace of mind for occupants, who can feel the benefits of unparalleled standards of active safety.
Laguna Coupe Conceptâ€™s 20-inch aluminium wheels lend it poise and emphasize its image of dynamic performance and power. Their helix design cleverly hides the nuts and bolts from sight, while also efficiently ensuring that the brake callipers cool. The generously sized 245/35 Michelin Pilot Sport tyres allow the car to handle like a sports car, but in absolute safety, for even more driving pleasure.
Laguna Coupe Concept makes a statement about its ownerâ€™s life-style and personality. A car for the car-lover, it appeals to 40-somethings who are passionate about automobiles and motor sport â€" connoisseurs who are demanding, ambitious, and driven by a desire for professional success. Prone to falling in love with a car at first sight, they are quite capable of changing brand, and will appreciate the style, the technology, and the design and production qualities of Laguna Coupe Concept.
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