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Entering as the brand's new flagship model, the 2011 Renault Latitude has made its first public debut at this week's Moscow Motor Show.
Aside from a number of minor styling aesthetic differences, the Latitude is largely identical to the Korean-market Renault-Samsung SM5, with which it shares its platform - a stretched version of the layout underpinning the mid-sized Laguna.
Renault Australia is understood to be planning the Latitude for the Australian market, potentially as a replacement for the Laguna. With just eight Laguna sales in Australia last month and 78 for the year, there would seem to be some merit to replacing it with the Latitude.
Speaking with TMR, Renault Australia spokesperson Richard Wilson said that it is too early to put a timetable on the Latitude's arrival in Australia.
"The Laguna is a continuing model at the moment of course, but it's difficult to say how it will stand in local line-up in the future," Mr Wilson said.
Mr Wilson added that the company's full schedule for 2010 meant that the Latitude would be unlikely to arrive any sooner than 2011.
"We haven't got a full timetable for the Latitude, but it's certainly not this year. Latitude is something we're reviewing, but at this early stage we can only say that it won't arrive this year," Mr Wilson said.
As with the Koleos - Renault's best-selling model in Australia - the local Latitude would likely be sourced from Renault-Samsung's Korean plant.
In the Russian market, the Latitude will be offered with two petrol engines, one a 2.0 litre four-cylinder producing 103kW and 191Nm of torque, and the other a 132kW/233Nm petrol V6.
A 3.5 litre V6 petrol engine producing 180kW will be available in certain other markets, although Renault has not yet released details for the Latitude's available in markets outside of Russia.
Diesel engines will figure in other markets, including two versions of a 2.0 litre diesel producing 110 and 130kW respectively, and a 180kW V6 diesel.