Renault reveals Latitude saloon details

Designed as a business or chauffeur car, the Latitude is an all-new model from the French manufacturer and has been tweaked to suit European roads.

This means a specially designed chassis and suspension to improve ride comfort and a choice of one 2.0-litre petrol and three diesel engines ranging from a 2.0-litre dCI in 150 and 175hp power outputs to a range-topping 240hp V6.

The Latitude will sit above the Laguna saloon in the Renault range, and as such will include more upmarket features such as a high-end sound system, satellite navigation, Bluetooth, front and rear parking sensors, reversing camera, bi-xenon headlights and electronic parking brake.

Inside, a panoramic sunroof allows light into the cabin, which is kitted out with some new upholstery and a dashboard with chrome highlights.

Renault has designed the cabin to block our noise from the engines and wind to make the Latitude a competent cruiser, while a cabin air filtering system and scent diffuser is a first on a Renault model.

The Renault Latitude comes with a three-year or 150,000km warranty and 12-year cover for corrosion.

In terms of safety, the Latitude includes ABS with electronic brakeforce distribution, Electronic Stability Control, tyre pressure monitoring, cruise control, bi-Xenon cornering lights and six airbags.

The Latitude comes from collaboration between Renault and Nissan, and was first introduced to the world at the Moscow Motor Show in 2010.

The model is expected to be a strong seller outside of Europe in markets such as Russia and China, where large executive saloons sell well.

However, a decision has not been made on whether or not it will be sold in the UK after the previous executive saloon from the manufacturer, the Vel Satis, was retired.