2011 Renault Laguna details revealed

Renault has updated the four-door Laguna saloon and estate versions with a completely redesigned front end, including ‘eyelid’ headlights and chrome trim.

At the rear, the Laguna retains the twin exhaust pipes from the original and estate versions are 11cm longer than the saloon to create up to 508 litres of boot space with all seats in place.

Engines range from a class-leading eco2 110hp diesel offering emissions of just 120g/km, right up to more powerful 180hp variants and a petrol alternative.

Renault has redesigned the chassis to make the best use of the powertrains, with improved suspension to increase ride comfort and new four-wheel drive models with automatic transmission for some of the larger diesel engines.

The 4Control chassis and four-wheel steering system is available on both saloon and estate versions, and aims to five the car manoeuvrability in keeping with the smaller Clio supermini.

Renault is aiming to create greater ride comfort by reducing engine and wind noise in the cabin, while additions such as cruise control, electronic parking brake, front and rear parking sensors and gearshift indicator are all included as driver aids.

Other equipment includes a new, updated sound system and the option of a Carminat TomTom Live satellite navigation system.

The interior has been given a makeover with new upholstery and some extra flourishes such as chrome air vent surrounds, integrated radio and navigation displays and new interior colours.

First introduced to the European market at the Paris Motor Show in October, the Laguna will be sold alongside the larger, all-new Renault Latitude.

The new Renault Laguna saloon and estate will go on sale early in 2011 and although prices have not been revealed, it will come with a three-year or 150,000 warranty as standard.