Renault’e executive Laguna, a car that set the safety benchmark when it was first released in the 90s, is being refreshed, with a bigger choice of engines and even greater on-board safety.

Renault’e executive Laguna, a car that set the safety benchmark when it was first released in the 90s, is being refreshed, with a bigger choice of engines and even greater on-board safety.

Available in two body styles, Hatch and Sport Tourer, the Laguna has the new family face integrating the front bumper and the grille, with the new headlamps extending along the sides. At the rear, only the hatchback's light arrangement has been slightly altered.

Inside, the Laguna gets a new facia with a fresh design, new materials and a new centre console with more user-friendly controls.

A GT version is the new addition to the range. Its 2,0-litre turbo powerplant produces 150 kW and 300 N.m while propelling the car to a top speed of 235 km/h.

The GT comes with a modified chassis, specially developed Michelin tyres on 17-inch wheels and a ride height lowered by 10 mm. Visually, it is distinguished by several features, including a lower air intake at the front and red inserts and aluminium/chrome finishes in the cabin.

The engine range offered at international launch will be the 100 kW 16-valve 2,0-litre, a 123 kW turbocharged 2,0-litre, and a 157 kW 3,0-litre V6. Diesel engines include the 1,9-litre dCi with 97 kW available and another with 71 kW on tap.

New technology used includes the existing Renault Card with keyless ignition already seen on the Laguna's siblings, an automatic parking brake, and a new multimedia system.

In terms of safety, the car has all of the features its predecessor had, with improvements to road-holding and braking by dint of fine-tuned ABS and ESP systems.

The revised Laguna will soon be unveiled at the Amsterdam Motor Show, and will arrive in South Africa around mid-year.

Original article from Car