New saloon will be the French marque's largest car when it goes on sale later this year
30 September 2010

This is the Renault Latitude, revealed today at the Paris motor show, which effectively replaces the Vel Satis that was discontinued in 2009 as the largest car in Renault's range.

The Latitude is based on the firm's Laguna and Espace-related A34R architecture, which has also spawned the Korean market Samsung SM5 and Gulf state only Renault Safrane.

See the Renault Latitude from the Paris motor show

It will be the French marque's largest car when it goes on sale later this year. It is 4.89 metres long, 1.83 metres wide and 1.49 metres high.

The car is being billed by Renault as a vehicle that deliver "a truly high-end package that will position it as the spearhead of international Renault's saloon car range". Some sources say that the car is designed to evoke memories of the big (and successful) Renault 25, which offered a purely French take on the luxury large car format.

Read more on Renault workers planning to protest against the Latitude

As such, Renault says it will be sold with a combination of cutting edge engines and high-end options, including a dual-mode air ionizer with double fragrance diffuser, triple-zone climate control, a massaging driver's seat and Bose Premium audio system.

Renault has only confirmed sales in Asia, Africa, Russia, Turkey, the Gulf, Australia and Mexico from this autumn. Company insiders say that the Renault brand is particularly well-respected in many of these markets, which will open the way into the booming large car segment.

Read the full Moscow motor show report

However, a European version of the car will be shown at the Paris motor show, when Renault has promised to reveal more details of its "luxury" interior before it goes on sale in early 2011.

It will not be decided if the car is going to be sold in the UK until the end of this year, but if it is, it will be positioned above the Laguna. But such a move is unlikely. “There’s a less than 50 per cent chance of the Latitude making it to the UK,” said a well placed source.

See all the latest Renault reviews, news and video

Join the debate

Comments
31

7 June 2010

Why have we not heard about this before?

Frankly, if it's FWD, it'll bomb. The styling is very derivative, too - hints of Lexus GS, Jag XF and OpHall Insignia about the side, rear end off a Lexus IS (but with added chrome) and the nose off a VW.

7 June 2010

Another 50% first year depreciator from la belle France

7 June 2010

Totally uninspiring. Looks like Renault have been listening to Johnny Cash and built a car from a collection of other manufacturer’s parts bins. Renault need a clear design philosophy and to develop their own identity, Also, do they not realise that “Latitude” can be a euphemism for fat! There it is guys, I introduce you to the “Renault Fat”! ;-}}}

7 June 2010

Renault is trying to do upper class the cheap way, trying to go up against Benz and BMW with a modified Laguna sedan, that is also just plain ugly, what are they thinking. This might work for emerging markets, where car companies are setting up their image just now, but for the saturated markets, this car is a bad joke. Wish they would have just modernized the VelSatis, given it new engines, maybe a different nose job, some chasis tweaks and the thing would have a been a lot better competitor than this ugly thing, at least in europe.

8 June 2010

[quote Straight Six Man]

Why have we not heard about this before?

Frankly, if it's FWD, it'll bomb. The styling is very derivative, too - hints of Lexus GS, Jag XF and OpHall Insignia about the side, rear end off a Lexus IS (but with added chrome) and the nose off a VW.

[/quote] Ye it is indeed I also think there is Hyandai Sonata Design in it too . I suppose for the Russian and Asian markets it will do ok put deffinatly would not do good in England or Ireland . Thats also probly why we have not heard off it before .

8 June 2010

Looks terrible, such a shame Renault's Vel Satis / Avantime days are over. Here's hoping the next Clio will be something special like they say it is...

"The creative adult is the child who survived."

8 June 2010

Doesn't look French, it looks like a Hyundai. It will fail, like all other (in the last 20 years) French attempts to make an luxury car. But at least all those cars were wacky and original, this one is boring.

8 June 2010

Ye it is a pity them days are over was great to see a company that was not afraid to try cool designs . Do indeed hope that the next clio will be special . The front reminds me off the Safrane maybe thats what they want and true it is not great looking such a pity .

8 June 2010

Without doubt it won't drive as well as its German rivals and it will be pricey new, but depreciation will be steep making these a bargain 12 month old buy and equipment levels should be high. Won't be a big seller but interesting alternative to more mainstream stuff.

8 June 2010

[quote Autocar]This is the Renault Latitude, which effectively replaces the Vel Satis that was discontinued in 2009 as the largest car in Renault's range.[/quote] I read thearticle and thought "OH great, a lovely new avant-garde Renault - and then I looked at the pictures, WHAT A DISAPPOINTMENT !! This is just boring, looks like a variation on a VW Phaeton to me. What happened to the design flair that epitomised the Vel Satis and the Avantime ? Renault have got to do something smart and different if they are ever going to regain the sales they enjoyed in the past.


Enjoying a Fabia VRs - affordable performance

Pages

Add your comment

Log in or register to post comments

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week

  • Jaguar XF Sportbrake TDV6
    First Drive
    19 October 2017
    The handsome Jaguar XF Sportbrake exhibits all the hallmarks that makes the saloon great, and with the silky smooth diesel V6 makes it a compelling choice
  • Volkswagen T-Roc TDI
    First Drive
    19 October 2017
    Volkswagen's new compact crossover has the looks, the engineering and the build quality to be a resounding success, but not with this diesel engine
  • BMW M550i
    First Drive
    19 October 2017
    The all-paw M550i is a fast, effortless mile-muncher, but there's a reason why it won't be sold in the UK
  • Volvo V90
    First Drive
    19 October 2017
    The Volvo V90 is a big estate ploughing its own furrow. We’re about to see if it is refreshing or misguided
  • Kia Stonic
    First Drive
    18 October 2017
    Handsome entrant into the bulging small crossover market has a strong engine and agile handling, but isn’t as comfortable or complete as rivals