2011 Renault Latitude revealed

2011 Renault Latitude
2011 Renault Latitude

Based on Renault-Samsung SM5

Official information is now being released on the new Renault Latitude sedan.  Set for introduction at August's Moscow Motor Show, the car is based on the Renault-Samsung SM5 released on the Korean market at the end of 2009.

At 4.89m by 1.83m by 1.49m, the Latitude is 5mm longer than the SM5, but otherwise shares the same dimensions.  The SM5 is actually based off the Laguna, and uses the Nissan D Platform.

The somewhat-bland car has been styled in such a way as to be appealing to a mass market.  After Moscow, it will go on sale in Africa, Asia, Australia, Mexico, the Middle East, Russia and Turkey.  A Euro-spec version will be introduced at the Paris Motor Show, with sales expected to begin by early 2011.

Renault says the car will come with adaptive bi-Xenon headlights, air ionizer with fragrance diffuser, Bose audio system, massaging driver's seat, rear LED lighting, sunroof, start button and triple-zone climate change.

We expect the car to be a bit pricy for what it is.  Renault is pitching it as a vehicle for drivers "who are looking for status, quality and comfort," with no mention of "affordability."  Look for more information about the new Renault Latitude to be released later this week when the website dedicated to the model is launched.

Source: Renault and paultan.org


Renault has today provided the first glimpse of its latest international status-enhancing family saloon, Renault Latitude. In addition to its nicely balanced proportions, generous exterior dimensions, large boot and front-end looks which mirror the power of the engines featured in the new range, the newcomer boasts elegant, racy styling. Based on an architecture that is widely acclaimed for its strength and efficiency, Renault's new saloon rounds off the brand's high-end range and will appeal to customers who are looking for status, quality and comfort in all its forms. The international version of Renault Latitude will get its first public airing at the Moscow Motor Show at the end of August, while European motorists will be able to get their first close-up view of the car at the 2010 Paris Motor Show.

In addition to its generous exterior dimensions (length: 4.89m / width: 1.83m / height: 1.49m), Renault Latitude boasts elegant, racy looks. The contours of the grille are flanked by distinctive bi-Xenon  adaptive directional headlights, while chrome embellishments contribute to the unmistakable impression of dynamism and status exuded by the car's overall lines. Its rear-end forms point to ample boot space, and the new car can effectively claim one of the biggest boots in its class. The rear lighting signature employs LED technology and harmonizes perfectly with the chrome rear strip which carries the new model's name: Renault Latitude. Based on the same architecture as New SM5, which was recently launched in the Korean market, Renault Latitude profits extensively from Renault's engineering expertise. Occupants benefit from a comfortable, silent ride, as well as a particularly precise chassis and a choice of powerplants that are sure to give it a decisive edge over its rivals. For enhanced quality and reliability, Renault Latitude comes with a number of features developed and assembled to the Alliance's highest standards and which benefit directly from the excellent results obtained by Renault on these two fronts. The complete equipment list, which will be revealed at a later date, places the emphasis on innovation and travelling comfort, including a dual-mode air ionizer with double fragrance diffuser, triple-zone climate control, a massaging driver's seat, Bose Premium audio, the Renault hands-free card, etc.

Tailored to meet the demand of its different markets, Renault Latitude's specification will deliver the car's different customers a truly high-end package that will position it as the spearhead of international Renault's saloon car range. It will be shown at the forthcoming Moscow Motor Show, Russia, and is due to go on sale this autumn in Asia, Africa, Russia, Turkey, Gulf, Australia and Mexico.

European version of Renault Latitude will be one of the principal new attractions of the 2010 Paris Motor Show where visitors will get a chance to examine its interior design, while full details of the model's equipment lists and engines ranges will also be released. The international media will be invited to road test Renault Latitude before the end of 2010, and sales will begin shortly afterwards.

From June 10, customers will be invited to discover the car in greater detail at www.renaultlatitude.

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GTurbo GTurbo
In one fell swoop like the golden eagle, Renault lose their corporate face with a ghastly grille design. Realistically, Renault haven't a clue to the longitude and Latitude of this car's impact on their global image!
Sep 25th, 2010 6:48am
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p2c p2c
The beginning of the end for the losange. Who wants to buy this ? Is this the best you can do ? What a shame
Jun 10th, 2010 5:35pm
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NCFrederick NCFrederick
lexus passat front end. hyundai genesis back end.
Jun 9th, 2010 8:45pm
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wmgtxi wmgtxi
i think it looks too much like the laguna
Jun 9th, 2010 4:45pm
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997-GT500-STI 997-GT500-STI
Boring as hell
Jun 9th, 2010 11:31am
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fire_bird fire_bird
Jun 8th, 2010 11:35pm
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joshg_5 joshg_5
Saab meets Lexus LS.
Jun 8th, 2010 11:01pm
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lfa lfa
looks like lexus ls with a renault badge
Jun 8th, 2010 9:29pm
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Mikeado Mikeado
Lexus grille, SAAB 9-3 headlights, 2011 Ford Focus Sedan tail lights, Jaguar-esque windowline, Infiniti wheels. Plagiarism FTW. Besides, who thinks "I want a car with 'status, quality and comfort'" and then thinks "Ooh, I know, a Renault!"?
Jun 8th, 2010 9:01pm
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Kepex Kepex
The front is a 90% copy of VW Passat. Not interesting at all...
Jun 8th, 2010 8:50pm
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autoficianado autoficianado
This is a Nissan Altima clone and it looks the part...it is also built of the Nissan D platform.
Jun 8th, 2010 7:53pm
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schizo schizo
We had this in Korea for a few months now. It's a BIG car driven by housewives that can't drive. It's rather dull to drive as well.
Jun 8th, 2010 7:44pm
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Soorena Soorena
it looks like facelifted Toyota Avalon to me.
Jun 8th, 2010 7:41pm
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PeterPL PeterPL
I like it, good design. However it looks like mix of Passat and new Kia Optima (?)
Jun 8th, 2010 7:24pm
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xLumino xLumino
Interesting, the new Safrane I see. bodylines and shapes are a bit strong, like german cars of the last ten years. For a Renault really conservative, for these markets maybe the best solution. I don't think, it will sell very well in europe, but it will be a special vehicle on our streets and that seems to be interesting to me.
Jun 8th, 2010 7:15pm
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