It’s an Altima CoupÃ©. It’s a Laguna CoupÃ©. It’s two, two, two cars in one. Auto Express magazine has another spy shot of Nissan’s new Altima 2-door we told you about recently. But there’s a twist. The car is wearing a Renault badge. Huh? How did Renault get the CoupÃ© before Nissan? Company head Carlos Ghosn has announced plans to introduce a whopping 26 new Renault models over the next 3 years, and borrowing the underpinnings from the Altima, the new Laguna could be available much sooner. Renault means front-engine, front-drive, so this Altima CoupÃ© fits into the Renault lineup quite nicely, especially in the UK.
According to the article, the Laguna CoupÃ© will be powered by the same 3.5-litre V6 as the Altima with around 260 hp. That should give the Laguna a 0-60mph time of less than seven seconds and a top speed around 140mph. All out performance will be reserved for the Nissan 350Z, though, with the Renault being more of a GT car. That translates into a slightly more comfort-oriented driving experience. An automatic gearbox is expected to be the most popular choice in shifters.
Outside, the new CoupÃ© will follow along the lines of Renault’s Nepta concept. Prices on the Laguna CoupÃ© are being pegged at around Â£25,000 ($47,400) when it reaches showrooms next year. [Auto Express]