The Renault Laguna was a handsome car in its day, but after over six years on the market, its day seems to have passed long ago. Especially when many of its chief German rivals (Mercedes C-Class, Volkswagen Passat et al) have been updated and facelifted several times since. That's why the folks at Renault are prepping the third-generation Laguna, set to hit the markets overseas next fall.

Codenamed X91, the all-new Laguna will be offered in sedan, wagon and coupe bodystyles. It's expected to grow ten centimeters longer (about four inches), with a range-topping 3.5-liter 245-hp Nissan V6 that should give it enough kick to keep up with the competition.

The real test will be to see how much Renault has managed to improve the quality on the new Laguna, one of the chief factors that kept the French sports sedan from posing any serious threat to its rivals. Look for a debut at Frankfurt.

[Source: World Car Fans]