Renault is giving a world premiere of its new business class saloon in Moscow. The elegant Renault Latitude combines balanced proportions, with classic design, and spaciousness. This car will appeal to customers who appreciate superior quality materials and comfort in all its forms. Renault Latitude embodies the best technical advances in terms of reliability and efficiency and is destined to become the flagship model of Renault's range of cars.
With such generous external dimensions (length - 4,887mm; width - 1,832mm; height - 1,483mm), Renault Latitude easily falls into the category of large saloon. The wheelbase stretches 2.76 metres and the front and rear overhangs are 1.02 metres and 1.1 metres respectively. The intelligent adaptive bi-xenon headlights compliment the contours of the chrome grill. The boot compartment is one of the best in the category: 477 litres (511 litres without the spare wheel). The size of the optional electric panoramic sunroof makes it stand out from others in the category.
Renault Latitude is one of the first D-segment cars to include a massaging function in the driver's seat and the new triple-zone automatic climate control system. The driver's seat contains five pneumatic massaging rollers, with four operating modes: constant, intermittent, soft and firm. The precise motions of the flexible pneumatic rollers on the spine have a relaxing effect during long journeys or long periods of time stuck in traffic.
The vehicle also features a unique interior air quality control management system. The triple-zone automatic climate control system allows the driver and each of the passengers to individually regulate the temperature inside the vehicle. The system, which is based on the 'best in class' system used in the Laguna, is also capable of controlling the composition and characteristics of the air in the car. As well as a filter, which prevents dust and unpleasant smells from entering the vehicle, Renault Latitude features a dual-mode air ioniser. It not only emits healthy negatively charged ions, but purifies the air by removing allergens and harmful bacteria. The driver and passenger can also take advantage of the double fragrance diffuser to fill the car with a pleasant aroma with refill cartridges that may be obtained from any Renault dealership.
All audio controls are located on the central console and the steering-wheel, while the information is shown on the dashboard displays.
Renault Latitude comes with a Carminat TomTom satellite navigation system which is completely integrated into the onboard systems, and its accuracy and quick response time are a marked improvement on other navigation systems. This satnav will include such features as 'IQ Routes' (statistical route optimisation), 'Advanced Lane Guidance' (visual junction display) and 'Mapshare' (proprietary map improvement technology).
Safety has always been the first priority in the development of the Renault Latitude. There is a whole range of safety features: ABS, EBA (emergency brake assist), EBD (electronic brake distribution), ESC (electronic stability control) as well as passive safety features: eight adaptive airbags, passenger and driver restraint and load limiter seat belts. Renault Latitude has the same two-tier side impact sensors and dual chamber airbags as the Renault Laguna.
Renault Latitude will make its first public appearance at the Moscow Motor Show, and will go on sale at the end of September 2010 in Morocco and Algeria, then in Russia and Ukraine and in Africa.
The European version will be unveiled at the Paris Motor Show and will feature a specific engine line-up, fascia and exterior detail.
A decision on the possible UK launch of Renault Latitude has not yet been made.
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