Renault Laguna Estate

From Renault press: New Renault Laguna's more assertive front-end styling - which features 'eyelid' headlights with black masks as standard, as well as additional chrome trimming for the new pearlescent black grille - gives the model an unmistakably more dynamic stance. It immediately comes across as more nervous and playful, and points to the promise of even greater driving pleasure.

The front end's more forceful and more assertive looks immediately set the tone. In keeping with the enjoyment promised by New Renault Laguna's performance credentials, the new front design is both expressive and dynamic. The bumper incorporates a new pearlescent black grille, as well as more extensive use of chrome trimming.

The waistline of the saloon version extends around the boot, just above the smoke LED rear lights.

Located partly in a relatively high-up position on the boot lid, the latter contribute to the car's dynamic overall stance and provide a distinctive rear lighting signature.

The twin exhaust tailpipes seen on versions powered by the higher-end engines belie the presence of a thoroughbred powertrain under the bonnet, while the dual aerial has been incorporated in the rear window to play a part in the fluidity of the lines.

New Renault Laguna Estate stands out through its steeply-raked rear window and the form of its rearmost side windows which accentuate its flowing, sporty lines, a sensation reinforced by the car's profiled roof bars.

The dynamic, quiet and smooth 16-valve 2.0-litre petrol engine (M4R) delivers maximum power of 140hp (103.4kW) and peak torque of 195Nm.

This Renault-Nissan-developed E85-compatible powerplant combines punchy response and torque at low revs with sprightly performance at higher engines speeds, remarkable driving pleasure across the full revband and cushioned acoustics.

Despite combined cycle fuel consumption of just 7.5 litres/100km (equivalent to 173g of CO2/km), it powers New Renault Laguna Saloon from a standstill to 100kph in only 9.1 seconds. The timing chain requires no maintenance and is covered by a lifetime warranty.

The 2.0-litre 16-valve turbocharged petrol engine (F4Rt) delivers peak power of 170hp (125kW) and maximum torque of 270Nm. It drives through a proactive six-speed automatic transmission (AJ0) and returns combined cycle fuel consumption of 8.7 litres/100km (equivalent to 201g of CO2/km).

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