Renault has announced prices and specification for its all-new 2005 Laguna model, which is available to order now ahead of its official showroom debut on March 18th 2005.

The new Laguna has new exterior styling, a new dashboard, a range of new Euro IV dCi engines, new safety features including the Renault System for Restraint and Protection (SRP) with eight airbags, and improved quality and reliability. There will also be a new GT205 Turbo model in the Spring with sports chassis.

Prices for the Hatch start from £15,775 for the Expression 2.0 16V rising to £23,675 for the Initiale 2.2 dCi 150 Auto. The Sport Tourer version starts at £16,775 for the entry level Expression 2.0 16V, with the top price for the high spec Initiale trim at £24,675.

The new Laguna will be launched with a choice of engines: four Euro IV engines at launch, the 2.0 135 hp manual and automatic, 1.9 dCi 95, the 210 hp V6 24V automatic and 2.0 Turbo 170 hp manual and automatic. Two more Euro IV engines will be added to the range in Spring 2005, the 1.9 dCi 130 and the brand new sports version GT 205 Turbo.  Also available to order now are the 1.9 dCi 120 and 2.2 dCi 150 manual and automatic, both Euro III engines.

Air conditioning, height and reach adjustable steering wheel (power assisted), height adjustable driver and passenger seat and electric/ heated door mirrors amongst the core features. Tinted windows, 4 x 15W single-CD RDS radio with six speakers and fingertip remote control, electric front and manual rear windows, power assisted steering, keyless car with Renault Card, double optic headlamps, Trip computer and body coloured bumpers and door mirrors are also all included in the list of standard features.

Safety continues to be a strong point. The Laguna’s five-star Euro NCAP rating is built upon by the standard fitment of ABS with Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD), Anti-Whiplash head restraints, Brake Assist, driver and front passenger two-stage auto adaptive airbags, front lateral airbags, front passenger airbag deactivation. Front/ rear curtain airbags, driver’s double seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable seatbelts and pretensioners (front and rear outer seats and three-point rear seatbelts) and ISOFIX child seat mounting points on the rear outer seats.

Security features include the Renault Anti Intruder Device (R.A.I.D.), Deadlocking, Remote control central locking, Electronic Steering column lock and Insurance approved engine immobiliser and alarm.

In addition to the wide range of standard equipment, Renault also offers its customers a choice of options for new Laguna 2005. Customers can choose from a range of individual options such as metallic paint at £325 or state-of-the-art Satellite Navigation systems like the new Bluetooth Nav-Com System with full colour display at £1,750, or opt for one of five handy option packs – Comfort, Relax, Safety, Technology and Style packs – ensuring optimum value for money for customers.

As well as the core features, the Expression model adds 16″ ‘Lazuli’ alloy wheels, Automatic light sensor activated headlamps, Auto parking brake and new console, Black roof bars on Sport Tourer, Cruise Control with Speed Limiter, Electric rear windows, Front Fog Lamps, heat reflecting windscreen, rain sensitive auto wipers and ‘See me home’ headlights.

Three option packs are available: The Comfort pack includes Climate Control and Electric tilt/ slide (panoramic on Sport Tourer) at £650. Safety includes Rear Lateral airbags and Tyre Pressure Monitor at £350 and the Technology pack offers Dash mounted six x CD multi-changer and Satellite Navigation (monochrome screen with ‘Turn by Turn’ function) costing £1,250.

The next trim level available is Privilège. Engine choices for Hatch and Sport Tourer are 2.0 16V, 2.0 16V Auto, the 170 hp 2.0 Turbo 16V, 2.0 Turbo 16V Auto, 1.9 dCi 120, 2.2 dCi 150, and 2.2 dCi 150 Auto. Again, the 1.9 dCi 130 Euro IV will be available in the Spring.

Privilège adds the following standard equipment on top of Expression: 16″ ‘Philarmonic’ alloy wheels, 4 x 30W dash mounted multi six CD changer and radio with RDS and eight speakers, Alloy satin effect roof bars on Sport Tourer, Climate Control, Electric tilt/ slide sunroof (panoramic on Sport Tourer), Electric front and rear windows with anti-pinch facility, Electrically folding and heated door mirrors, hands-free door opening, Opening rear tailgate window on Sport Tourer, Parking proximity sensor, Part leather upholstery, Perforated leather steering wheel, Rear lateral sunblinds, Tyre pressure monitor and Xenon double distance elliptical headlamps with wash are all standard.

The top-of-the-range Laguna is Initiale. Engine choices are 2.0 Turb 16V, 2.0 Turbo 16V Auto, the 210 hp V6 24V Auto, 2.2 dCi 150 and the 2.2 dCi 150 Auto.

Initiale offers the following standard features on top of Privilège: 16″ ‘Scala’ alloy wheels, 4 x 50W dash mounted multi six CD changer and radio with RDS and eight speakers, carpet mats, Electrically folding and heated door mirrors with memory, Electrochrome rear view mirror, ESP (Electronic Stability Programme) with ASR traction control, Full leather upholstery, Metallic paint, Bluetooth Nav-Com System (full colour display), Pre-telephone equipment and Pale wood dashboard insert.

Laguna Hatch and Sport Tourer are available in Extreme and Dynamique as part of the ‘Sport Collection’.

The Extreme trim level offers the 2.0 16V and 1.9 dCi 120 engines from launch in both the Hatch and Sport Tourer body styles.

In addition to the core features, Extreme adds 17″ ‘Impulsion’ alloy wheels, rear spoiler on Hatch, black roof bars on Sport Tourer, Sports seats and Sports steering wheels. There are four option packs available on Extreme, Comfort, Relax, Safety and Technology. The Comfort, Safety and Technology packs are the same as on the Expression trim levels but the Relax pack is only available on Extreme and offers Rain Sensitive automatic wipers and heat reflecting windscreen, Cruise control with speed limiter, Front Fog Lamps and Automatic light sensor activated headlamps for just £400.

The next trim level is the Dynamique which offers a wide range of engine choices. Customers can choose from the 2.0 16V, 2.0 16V Auto, 2.0 Turbo 16V, 2.0 Turbo 16V Auto, 1.9 dCi 120, 2.2 dCi 150 and the 2.2 dCi 150 Auto available on both Hatch and Sport Tourer body styles. Again, the 1.9 dCi 130 Euro IV will be offered on Dynamique in the Spring.

In addition to the standard equipment on Extreme, the Dynamique trim level has the following features as standard: 16″ ‘Lazuli alloy wheels, Alloy satin effect roof bars on Sport Tourer, Automatic parking brake and new console, Automatic light sensor activated headlamps, Climate Control, Cruise control with speed limiter, Electric rear windows, Front fog lamps, Hands-free door opening, Heat reflecting windscreen, Opening rear tailgate window on Sport Tourer, Rain sensitive automatic wipers, Part leather sports seats and ‘See me home’ headlamps.

Dynamique has three option packs available, Safety, Style and Technology. The Technology and Safety packs are the same as offered on Expression and Extreme trims. The Style pack is exclusive to Dynamique and encompasses 17″ alloy wheels and Electric tilt/ slide sunroof (panoramic on Sport Tourer) for £450.

The new GT205 trim for the new Laguna will be launched in the Spring with a 205 hp 16V Turbo engine. This new sports version delivers a 0-62 mph in only 7.2 seconds and a maximum speed of 146 mph, with a maximum torque of 300 NM at 3,000 rpm. The following equipment will be offered as standard: 17″ ‘Drenalic’ alloy wheels, Bespoke GT205 carpet mats, ESP (Electronic Stability Programme), Heated front seats, Integrated rear sunblind, ‘Turn by Turn’ Satellite Navigation System (monochrome display), Extra tinted rear windows on Sport Tourer, Tyre pressure monitor, Xenon double distance el
liptical headlamps, Dedicated high performance engine, Metallic paint, Sports suspension and specific GT205 two-tone leather sports seats.

The new Laguna officially hits UK showrooms on Friday March 18th 2005 but is available to order now.