The French have made some nice coupes over the years. The Pininfarina-designed Peugeot 406 may stand out as one fine example, but the Renault Laguna Coupé is no less a looker. Unfortunately the market hasn't agreed – or has, just not to the extent to make it a sales success – leaving Renault struggling to keep the model relevant.

Sources anticipate the next-generation model will represent a substantial re-thinking of the coupe's approach, but in the meantime the French automaker has released a series of updates to the 2012 model to spruce it up.

The subtly updated 2012 Laguna Coupé has been treated to new LED running lights and 17- or 18-inch alloys (depending on specified trim level) and an interior with visible top-stitching on the dashboard. Buyers can choose from the Black Edition, Monaco GP edition, GP 4Control and Initiale trims, and between three gasoline and two diesel engines ranging from 150 to 240 horsepower.

Features like four-wheel steering and regenerative braking round out the package, but whether the latest updates – and the rather Aston Martin-like rear end – will prove enough to lure European buyers into showrooms remains to be seen. Details in the press release after the jump with high-res images in the gallery.
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Spotlight on Renault Laguna Coupé 'collection 2012'

New '2012 Collection' launch brings changes to the Laguna Coupé line-up:
- Even racier looks: LED daytime running lights and new alloy wheels.
- A more refined interior: visible dashboard stitching now standard.
- CO2 emissions reduced thanks to the 2.0 Energy dCi 150 engine (Stop&Start, ESM/Energy Smart Management) which emits just 118g/km of CO2. That's a saving of 13 percent and equivalent to fuel consumption of 4.5 litres/100km.
- The new Laguna Coupé line-up will reach Renault showrooms in February. Order books open this week in France, with prices starting from €31,500.
- Laguna Coupé is manufactured at Sandouville, France. It is sold in some 30 countries.

Racier looks and an even more refined interior

Three years after its launch, Laguna Coupé is poised to make news early next year when the 'Collection 2012' versions are due to reach the market. The latest Laguna Coupé was revealed at the Bologna Motor Show in Italy (which runs until December 11) and features a brand new lighting signature with LED daytime running lights now fitted as standard equipment.

New 17-inch diamond-effect alloy wheels are standard from the entry equipment level, too, while the Pearlescent White exterior finish, which contributed to the success of the former limited edition Monaco GP version, can now be specified for the GT 4Control and Initiale equipment levels. Meanwhile, availability of a two-tone livery featuring a Pearlescent Black roof combined with all the catalogue's metallic finishes has been extended to the include the GT 4Control version. More than ever, these new styling appointments highlight the elegance and sportiness of Renault's high-end coupé.

Inside the cabin, the impression of refinement is heightened by the now standard visible dashboard stitching. Mixed TEP/fabric upholsteries are also available for all versions.

Fewer emissions thanks to the new 2.0 Energy dCi 150 engine (118g/km)

Depending on market, Laguna Coupé can be ordered with one of three petrol engines:
- the F4Rt (2.0t), which is available in a choice of two power outputs (170 or 205hp),
and the V6 3.5 240, which is mated to an automatic transmission.

The range also features two diesel engines:
- the M9R (2.0 dCi), available in a choice of three power outputs (150, 175 or 180hp),
and the 240-horsepower V9X (V6 3.0 dCi).

All these diesel engines are available with a diesel particulate filter and comply with Euro5 legislation. They are mated to either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission for a blend of driving enjoyment and sporty performance.

The range includes the diesel 2.0 Energy dCi 150 which boasts such advanced features as Stop&Start and ESM (Energy Smart Management). This hi-tech package has led to a 13 percent saving in CO2 emissions which are now down to 118g/km. The 175 and 180hp versions have also seen their emissions come down by 9g/km and 6g/km respectively thanks to the introduction of ESM for all versions of the M9R engine.

ESM (Energy Smart Management)

The aim of ESM is to optimise the management of the alternator and battery charging:

- When consumption is high (under acceleration), energy is provided by the battery, thereby taking strain off the alternator.
- Energy recovered by the alternator during deceleration and braking is stored in the battery.

Tax-paid Laguna Coupé Collection 2012 prices (French market)

2012 Renault Laguna Coupe pricing

Equipment available for Laguna Coupé Collection 2012 (French market)

Depending on market, Laguna Coupé is available in a choice of up to four equipment levels. The former limited-edition Monaco GP version has now become an equipment level in its own right. Laguna Coupé Collection 2012 comes with LED daytime running lights, Carminat TomTom® Live navigation, Plug&Music analogue/digital connectivity (jack + USB) and Bluetooth® connectivity (hands-free telephone, audio streaming) as standard equipment.

Black Edition equipment level (new features in bold):

- Six airbags, including thorax/pelvis front airbags
- Rear parking sensors
- Plug & Music analogue/digital connectivity (jack + USB)
- Carminat TomTom Live navigation, connected Live services, French mapping
Renault hands-free entry
- Chrome side window surrounds
- Dual-zone automatic climate control (three modes: Soft / Auto / Fast)
- Twin chrome exhaust tail pipes
- ESC, ABS (with emergency brake assist)
- Automatic windscreen-wiper and headlight activation
- LED daytime running lights
- LED rear lights
- Electronic parking brake
- Isofix anchorage for outer rear seats
- 17-inch Sari diamond-effect alloy wheels
- Metallic paint
- Dashboard with visible stitching
- Bi-xenon headlights with headlight washers
- 4x45W "3D Sound by Arkamys" radio-CD with MP3 playback, Bluetooth connectivity and eight loudspeakers
- Cruise control with speed limiter
- Electrochrome rear view mirror
- Electric, heated door mirrors
- Mixed black fabric/TEP upholstery with grey stitching
- Height- and fore/aft- adjustable sport front seats
- Leather-trimmed three-spoke steering wheel and gear lever knob

Monaco GP equipment level = Black Edition equipment level, plus:
- Monaco GP exterior badging
- Pearlescent Black door mirror housings
- Pearlescent White interior details (dashboard and centre console)
- Black 18-inch alloy wheels
- Aluminium pedal covers
- Aluminium gear lever knob (manual gearbox)
- Monaco GP-badged, mixed black fabric upholstery
- Pearlescent White version with black roof, or completely Pearlescent Black
- Leather-trimmed flat-bottomed GT steering wheel with visible stitching

GT 4Control equipment level = Black Edition equipment level, plus (new features in bold):
- 4Control exterior badging
- Renault hands-free entry and engine starting
- 4Control chassis (four-wheel steering)
- Pearlescent Black door mirror housings
- Guilloché-patterned aluminium dashboard trim
- Black 18-inch alloy wheels
- Aluminium pedal covers
- Metallic paint, with Pearlescent Black roof
- Aluminium gear lever knob
- Electrically-folding door mirrors with memory setting
- Heated electrically-adjustable front seats, with memory settings for driver's seat
- Black leather upholstery
- Tyre pressure monitoring system

Initiale equipment level = Black Edition equipment level, plus (new features in bold):
- Front parking sensors
- INITIALE exterior badging
- Bose® Sound System with 10 loudspeakers and six-CD multi-changer
- Carminat DVD Bluetooth® navigation with seven-inch display and European mapping
- Renault hands-free entry and engine starting
- Black Lacquer interior trim details
- 18-inch Celsium alloy wheels
- MBL directional bi-xenon headlights
- Electrically-folding door mirrors with memory setting
- Heated electrically-adjustable front seats, with memory settings for driver's seat
- Beige or black leather upholstery
- Front and rear carpet mats
- Tyre pressure monitoring system

Principal options available for Laguna Coupé (tax-paid prices in France)
- Front parking sensors: €300
- Bose® Sound System, single-CD player, mp3 playback and 10 loudspeakers: €800
- Carminat DVD Bluetooth, seven-inch display, European mapping, Bose Sound System and six-CD multi-changer: €1,500
- European mapping: €120
- 18-inch alloy wheels: €500
- Comfort Pack (Renault hands-free entry and engine starting + electrically folding door mirrors): €500
- Heat-reflecting windscreen: €200
- Special Pearlescent White metallic paint: €200
- Directional bi-xenon headlights: €350
- 16-inch spare wheel: €110
- Monaco GP black leather upholstery: €1,500
- 4Control system: €2,000
- Tyre pressure monitoring system: €200

4Control chassis: an innovation exclusive to Renault Laguna

This ingenious system was developed by Renault Sport Technologies and is standard equipment for Renault Laguna Coupé GT 4Control (optional for the Monaco GP and Initiale versions). This ground-breaking innovation targets customers looking to benefit from the advantages of four-wheel steering. In addition to delivering the sort of agility associated with city cars (same turning circle as a Clio), the 4Control chassis brings the additional stability and road holding expected of a sporting car, not to mention unrivalled safety (obstacle avoidance, braking on inconsistent, slippery conditions, optimised ESC).

Dedicated to driving enjoyment: Renault Laguna Coupé 4Control also comes with a raft advanced technology for more efficient, reassuring performance, including more precise, optimised cornering in all traffic conditions, and however much grip is available, both round circuits and in built-up areas.

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