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Our spy photographers have snagged detailed photos of the next-generation range-topping sedan from Renault, on both the inside and outside.

The new sedan is said to replace both the Laguna and Latitude ranges, and will be christened with a yet-to-be-revealed new name. Launched globally way back in 2007, the Laguna was available in both hatchback and wagon body styles.

In 2011, the larger Latitude went on sale locally. The Latitude was available only as a sedan and was built by Renault Samsung in South Korea.

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As we can see from the shot of the car’s front end (top), Reanult’s big new sedan looks as if it will adopt the design language established on the latest-generation Espace.

Like the Espace, which isn’t making the trip down under, this next-generation sedan will feature a bold front-end design centred around a large Renault diamond emblem. This will be flanked with a prominent grille, expressive headlights and plenty of chrome fittings.

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As with the Espace, the unnamed sedan will be based on the Renault-Nissan CFM1 modular platform. CFM1 serves as the base for current-generation Nissan X-Trail and Qashqai.

The modular platform will also underpin the next-generation Megane family, as well as the SUV that will replace the Koleos.

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The prototype spotted by our photographers is kitted out, under a large shroud, with a large touchscreen display in the centre of the dashboard.

Given that the unit rises quite high above the dashboard line and sits on, what looks to be, temporary mounting rails, it’s not entirely clear if this device is meant for production in the new Renault sedan or is some sort of evaluation device.

The ventilation controls, as well as the hazard and central locking buttons, at the bottom of the large screen seem to duplicate buttons found elsewhere on the dashboard.

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Renault’s new large sedan is expected to debut this year. It’s not clear, yet, if the new car will be offered in Australia or even in right-hand drive.

Justin Hocevar, Renault Australia’s managing director, told Car Advice last year: “I don’t think any French brand has had a particularly strong history in the D segment in Australia. So let’s win credibility in other places first and then consider how we can be more present in that segment.”

He did suggest, though, that the company would offer the sedan when or if it was made available for Australia.




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