18 February 2005

The facelifted Renault Laguna made its first appearance at the Amsterdam Motor Show last week. The car’s exterior styling, interior design, engine range and cabin quality have been revamped as part of a mid-life facelift. The new Laguna has a shorter bonnet, wider headlights, deeper grille and new tail lights. A new performance model has also been added – the Laguna GT 205.

The 202bhp GT 205 is powered by a new 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine, has a lowered sports chassis and comes equipped with smoked chrome-finish alloys and leather upholstery. It’s available as a hatchback or Sport Tourer and should crack 60mph in 7.2sec on its way to a maximum speed of 146mph.

Meanwhile the 123bhp 1.8-litre petrol has been dropped, making the entry-level Laguna the 135bhp 2.0-litre. There’s also a turbo version of the same engine uprated to 170bhp. Diesel options range from an updated 1.9 oil-burner, now with 95bhp and Euro4 emissions compliance, up to the 150bhp 2.2 dCi.

Inside there’s an all-new higher-quality fascia, and velour gives way to micro-fibre cloth on the seats.

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