Renault confirms Latitude for Europe

Designed as a replacement for the Vel Satis and based on the Laguna, the Latitude features subdued styling to appeal to executive car buyers in Asian and South American markets, where the car is expected to sell well.

However, the French manufacturer has also revealed a European version will be introduced at the Paris Motor Show from 30th September, and will feature a ‘specific’ engine line-up and a more luxurious interior to appeal to European customers.

Renault, better known in recent years for its range of small cars such as the Clio supermini, and its larger MPVs such as the Modus and Grand Modus, hopes the Latitude will challenge more premium manufacturers in the executive sector.

Renault has used Nissan technology in the Latitude, and developed the model in both France and South Korea to ensure it appeals to a number of markets worldwide.

Although a new look is expected for European versions, the dimensions are expected to remain unchanged. The Latitude measures 4.89m in length and 1,8m in width. The boot capacity is a generous 477 litres.

Renault chose the Moscow Motor Show to unveil the Latitude for the first time because it is expected to be the flagship model in the Russian range, where large executive-style cars are extremely popular.