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Some people insist the Renault Laguna's design is bland to the point of boring. Well, the Renault Laguna GT, a high-performance model which will be available in both hatch and Sports Tourer estate form, represents a fightback of sorts.

The Laguna GT is powered by either a 201bhp 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol or a 176bhp 2.0-litre diesel engine.

All models get Renault's four-wheel-steering system, which improves the car's agility, as well as helping maintain stability under heavy braking and during high-speed turning, such as when the driver swerves to avoid an accident.

The GT is distinguished from other Lagunas by its larger front grille, air intakes in the front bumper, plus side sills, gloss-black door mirrors, twin exhaust tailpipes and smoked rear light clusters. It also has distinctive 18-inch alloy wheels.

Inside, GTs have grey upholstery, aluminium pedals and gearknob, sports seats and a sports steering wheel.

Prices are expected to start from around 18,000 when the car goes on sale in April.