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Renault shows new flagship

2010-06-15 09:58
As a replacement for the ill-fated Vel Satis, Renault will soon release a decidedly more mainstream flagship model called Latitude.

Latitude’s international version will be showcased at the Moscow Motor Show in August, while the European version is slated for reveal at September’s Paris Motor Show.

The French carmaker will unveil Latitude’s total line-up of engines (likely to be a mix of petrol and diesel) and equipment lists at the motor shows, although prospective Latitude owners can look forward to enjoying generous proportions (the car is 4.89 m long, 1.83 m wide and 1.49 m high) and a cosseting ride, coupled with arresting design and state of the art equipment. Expect a massaging driver’s seat, triple-zone climate control and Bose audio to be included.

Latitude is heavily based on the result of a Korean joint venture called the SM5. The Renault Samsung Motors SM5 was launched in Korea in December 2009 and the Korean company will export Latitude (or Safrane) to 30 markets in Asia, Africa, Russia, Turkey, Gulf, Australia and Mexico.

There are “no plans at the moment” to introduce the model in South Africa, Renault’s local subsidiary told Wheels24.

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