The French brought the word “coupe” to the world, so it’s only fair that they’re offering us such a bewildering creation. You can approach the Laguna Coupe from any angle and the elegant and dynamic styling cues will invade your retina.
Designers must’ve spent many nights in the effort to differentiate the vehicle’s front fascia from that of the sedan and estate. Just take a look at any fashion-related commercial and you’ll see a beautiful woman with a generously-sized mouth that captures all the attention in the world. The vehicle’s front end uses the same principle, at the same time offering one of the most elegant, and yet original, approaches on the market, with the entire front bumper being a large air scoop (however, a certain amount of it is faux).
The profile manages to escape the image of a forced coupe-ization, partly thanks to the wide hips, which remind us of a proper Grand Tourer. As a driver, you’ll notice them every time you take a look in one of the door mirrors. Open the doors and you'll enjoy a frameless design, as well as a bit of tech play: in order for the windows to fit behind the chassis's farme, they are automatically lowered and brought by up everytime you open/close the door.
It is now time to reach the most appealing part of the car, it’s sexy back. Many automotive enthusiasts consider the “bang for buck” factor when they acquire a vehicle, but what about the “eye-candy for the buck” ? Before we even move into this area, we have to mention that the shapes and curves make it obvious that some of the aforementioned designers might have been surfing the Aston Martin website when they penned this part of the vehicle.
However, you have to agree that an Aston owner will never even notice that there’s a Laguna which looks like his car, while customers will be more than thrilled to pay EUR30,000 for an Aston Martin. Renault probably though that if this technique woks for beautiful girls who cheat at exams it will probably work for the Laguna Coupe...
Anyway, the car might be forgiven not only thanks to its charm, but also because its design literally hides an intelligent structure. Let us explain: That gorgeous rear tail, which manages to harmoniously bring together a multitude of lines and be more than just the sum of its parts was made out of alloy in order for its complex shape to be translated into reality. Some of us didn’t know that but Lou Cheeka knocked on the panel and we instantly realized it.
You can’t but admire the integration of the rear parking sensors in the faux diffuser element - this is a detail that many automotive producers overlook and it can ruin the finesse of the design. And the attention to detail goes even further. The lines are so carefully drawn that the vehicle doesn’t need to have the ground clearance of a skateboard in order to look good, which means that you can take the beauty in so many places. But we’ll talk about that in the “Open Road” chapter.Continue reading
Hold on, Sir May B. Bach would like to say something...
This car is so... ahem... Japanese. Everybody talks about the way in which its rear end has stolen its styling cues from Aston Martin and this happens because... it’s true. Things may have been different if the face had been prettier than the back. But it isn’t. Anyway, I can see why ordinary people would want one. After all, Paying 30 grand on an Aston is like getting Uma Thurman in bed... with Kylie Minogue, while being homeless.
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