Renault is planning to bolster its range with a large saloon to take on cars such as the Volkswagen Passat.
The unnamed model — which has still to be approved by Renault chiefs — will sit above the Laguna in the line-up. It is not expected until 2016.
Stephen Norman, Renault’s marketing chief, singled out the Passat as a target for the car. The Passat was the third strongest-selling upper-medium car in the UK last year behind the Vauxhall Insignia and BMW 3-series.
Norman reckoned that Renault’s new offering, like the VW, could be a construed as a credible alternative to the two biggest sellers in the class and the Ford Mondeo.
“We can’t leave the Passat to succeed on its own in the upper-medium market,” Norman said.Norman predicted that the UK would be a key market for the new car. The upper-medium sector accounts for 13 per cent of UK car sales.
“Fifty per cent of the upper-medium car market is in the UK and Germany. If you want to succeed in that market, you have to succeed in those countries,” he said.