Wednesday, December 7, 2011

2012 Renault Laguna Coupe Receives Subtle Updates Plus New Diesel Engine

As the year is nearing to its end, Renault is certainly busy churning out one update after another. Following the refreshed Scenic and Grand Scenic MPVs and the new Floride edition of its Megane Cabriolet, it was time for the Laguna Coupe to receive a mid-life facelift three years after its initial launch.
The “Collection 2012” Laguna Coupe made its debut at the Bologna Motor Show and it has received some minor updates, such as new LED daytime running lights and 17-inch diamond-effect alloy wheels fitted as standard.
The pearlescent white color of the Monaco GP limited edition is now available in the GT 4Control and Initiale versions and a two-tone livery with a pearlescent black roof combined with any metallic color is also available on the GT 4Control trim.
Changes to the cabin are minimal and are restricted to the visible dashboard stitching, which is standard, and the new mixed TEP/fabric upholsteries that are available to all versions.
In fact, the most important change for 2012 is the addition of the new 2.0-liter dCi 150 diesel engine with auto stop/start and brake energy recovery systems. It consumes just 4.5 lt/100 km (52.2 mpg US) and emits 118 g/km of CO2, a reduction of 13% compared to the previous engine it replaces.
Depending on the market, the updated Laguna Coupe can also be ordered with two petrol engines, a turbocharged 2.0-liter in 170HP and 205HP guises and a naturally-aspirated 3.5-liter V6 with 240HP and an auto transmission as standard.
Apart from the new dCi 150, the Laguna Coupe is also available with four more diesel engines, the M9R 2.0 dCi in three versions, with 150HP, 175HP or 180HP respectively, and the 240HP 3.0-liter V9X dCi.
The Laguna Coupe is already available to order in Europe. Pricing begins from €31,500 (approx. US$41,200) in France, and deliveries will begin in February 2012.

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