Rumours earlier in the year threw into question the future of the French manufacturer’s large family car because of the introduction of the larger Renault Latitude saloon, but Renault will sell both alongside each other in the UK.
Citing the popularity of the long-running Laguna, which has been sold in the UK since 1993 and enters its third generation, Renault is now taking orders for delivery in November.
Both the Laguna hatchback and Sport Tourer – another name for an estate – have been given a new redesigned front end with a larger front grille and a more stylised bonnet dipping at the front.
Underneath that bonnet lies a new Euro 5-compliant range of engines including a 1.5 dCi returning just 120g/km of CO2 emissions.
It is joined by a 2.0-litre diesel returning 150bhp and a more powerful dCi delivering 180bhp. The petrol choice is a 2.0-litre 16V engine offering 140bhp.
The top level 2.0-litre dCi engine is available in GT Line trim only, and comes with the option of 4Control four-wheel steering.
Renault will offer three trim levels, Expression, Dynamique TomTom and GT Line TomTom.
Entry level expression trim includes a CDMP3 player, 16" alloy wheels, air conditioning, front fog lights and ESC as standard.
The middle specification adds an automatic parking break, headlights and wipers, cruise control, chrome trim exhausts, climate control and a host of other gadgets including the eponymous TomTom satellite navigation.
The Dynamique model is expected to be the best-seller in the range, but the top specification GT Line model adds 18" alloy wheels BOSE sound system, electric folding door mirrors, heated seats and plush leather upholstery.
On top of this, two option packs can add extra features to Laguna. These include a Comfort pack which includes equipment such as climate control to the Expression trim, and Initiale Lux, which adds equipment to the Dynamique specification.
The Renault Laguna hatchback price ranges from £17,795 to £23,045 and the Sport Tourer costs from £18,895 to £24,145.