Renault Laguna Sport Tourer GT

Renault is presenting a New 2005 model Laguna at the 54th Amsterdam Motor Show this month, which is a comprehensive make-over for Renault’s popular mid-size offering, available in two body styles, Hatch and Sport Tourer.

Available to order prior to its showroom debut on Friday 18 March 2005, prices for the 2005 Laguna start with the Hatch 2.0 16V Expression at £15,775 on the road and the Sport Tourer 2.0 16V Expression at £16,775, both a drop of £200 compared to the previous model.

New 2005 Laguna constitutes one the most attractive all-round ranges in the upper-medium segment and is more than a simple facelift.

Special effort has been put into the quality of materials used and build quality, and harnessing new technologies to improve comfort. The first Laguna generation was a benchmark in safety being the first car in the sector to gain the five star EuroNCAP crash test rating and New Laguna goes one step further to consolidate its lead in its class in Europe. Furthermore, Renault has boosted driving pleasure with a more dynamic chassis and a special sports version called GT fitted with a new 205hp turbo petrol engine.

Dynamic, elegant and quality-driven

Renault has placed higher quality at the core of its product specification to provide a more rewarding ownership experience and greater reliability.

Renault’s designers were lucky enough to start with what is widely regarded as one of the best looking shapes in the sector so looked at refining the current styling, making it more dynamic on the exterior and improving the quality on the inside. The new front design carries over the visual identity of the latest models in the Renault range, and includes a new one-piece component, which integrates the front bumper and the grille. The bonnet line is shortened and convex, the new headlamps extend along the sides, and the Renault badge is now more vertical. The V-shaped air intake in its lower section gives the vehicle a more dynamic feel. The chrome-finished trim strips round out New Laguna's appeal. At the rear, only the Hatch has a slightly changed tail light arrangement.

Inside, special attention was paid to the standard of finish and the ergonomics of the central controls. New Laguna welcomes its occupants into a subdued and refined atmosphere. Perceived and actual build quality have been enhanced in all areas, with a new design and new materials for the dashboard, and the integration of new technologies. The new dashboard is particularly user-friendly with a new centre console with the hi-fi and heating controls placed higher.

A new moulding surrounds the upper part of the dashboard, contributing to the flowing lines and the quality of the cabin interior finish. New Laguna now features fabrics that are more contemporary; velour has thus given way to softer micro fibre cloth. The car is available with two interior colour schemes according to trim level: dark charcoal or light beige.

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Published : 09/02/05 Author : Melanie Carter

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