It's been only four years since Renault launched its third-generation Laguna, and one year since the model underwent a facelift. But according to the latest reports the French automaker is getting ready to pull the plug and go back to the drawing board for an all-new replacement. And if our information proves accurate, that could lead to a new sports coupe as well.

The reason for the shift in strategy is that the Laguna just isn't standing up to the competition – namely the Ford Mondeo. So in order to mount a more substantial challenge, Renault is reportedly collaborating with its partner Nissan on a replacement.

It may be another few years before the Laguna IV (or whatever they choose to call it) is unveiled, but the new platform is reportedly also set to spawn a sportier coupe as well. Quite different in approach from the current Laguna Coupé (pictured above), the new sports model is said to be under development with direct input from Renaultsport – the performance division that's responsible for the company's lauded hot hatches. That bodes well for the coupe's sporting prospects, but whether it warrants the long-rumored revival of the Alpine brand remains to be seen.


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      Não Pirilamparás
      • 3 Years Ago
      So, basically it's 4 years old and Renault is working on its replacement so that when it reaches 6 years of age the 4th generation is launched? This is business as usual for most models from most manufacturers, where's the news?
      to your email L
      • 3 Years Ago
      I agree with Emil too bad they aren't back in NA, I was just in Spain and Renaults are very popular, competent and attractive cars.
      --RAfiKi-
      • 3 Years Ago
      looks like a cheap Ferrari in the way that a cheap tranny looks like a woman from 20 feet away in vegas. dont look to close at either.
        Albert Ferrer
        • 3 Years Ago
        @--RAfiKi-
        There's someone who truly understands cars...
          --RAfiKi-
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Albert Ferrer
          Albert: Not a bad looking car? park it next to a g6 and im not in total disagreement. park it next to a mondeo and this thing is a turd. the boxy headlights clash with the rounded greenhouse. the profile is uninspired. the grille is far to wide and toothy like ba-ba-booey.
          --RAfiKi-
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Albert Ferrer
          the car is hideous. a hint of trying to ape the maw of a Ferrari and the side profile of a pontiac g6.
      alphalimaindigo
      • 3 Years Ago
      I like the rear end on the coupe it has a hint of Aston.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      Agent55
      • 3 Years Ago
      Might want to update that hood badge too Renault, it screams "1983 rocks!" in it's current guise.
      wonky donky.
      • 3 Years Ago
      needs moar grille
      camcavers
      • 3 Years Ago
      The article doesn't mention that the current Laguna is built on Nissan's D Platform so it's basically an Altima; if Nissan and Renault are cooking up something better for the Laguna, that means the next Altima will likely benefit from that work as well.
      snap_understeer_ftw
      • 3 Years Ago
      ramifications and relevance on USA market? Nissan offering?
        lne937s
        • 3 Years Ago
        @snap_understeer_ftw
        Altima and Laguna are on the D platform. The next generation Altima is due next year and is likely to have more in common with the Laguna.
      Emil
      • 3 Years Ago
      I would love to see Renault/Peugeot back in N.A. much more than Fiat :(
      mrfab
      • 3 Years Ago
      The news IS Renault is building a new sporty car likely fwd apart from Laguna. Also Le Regie is mooting making "Alpine" a luxo sub-brand. Renault has "a pre-existing" North American dealer network", Mr. Fab DARES France to sell cars here... AGAIN. And it's NOT news but hey, 1983 DID rock!
      • 3 Years Ago
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