Renault has traditionally made a name for itself in the compact/supermini segments, but some of us will remember a number of larger models, such as the 25, Safrane and Vel Satis, as being similarly influential in the French carmaker's range.

The Latitude, which is underpinned by the firm's Laguna and Espace-related A34R architecture, will be the French marque's largest car when it goes on sale later this year. With substantial dimensions of 4,89 metres long, 1,83 metres wide and 1.49 metres high, Renault has described the Latitude as "a truly high-end package that will position it as the spearhead of international Renault's saloon car range".

Renault has not yet disclosed any details regarding engines set aside for this model, but given its premium positioning it would be safe to assume that one of the company's larger displacement turbodiesels, and possibly it's Alliance-produced 3,5-litre V6, could be on the cards.

The premium positioning also explains the presence of such optional features as a dual-mode air ionizer with double fragrance diffuser, triple-zone climate control, a massaging driver's seat and Bose Premium audio system.

The target markets, which include Asia, Africa, Russia, Turkey, the Gulf, Australia and Mexico, have been confirmed ahead of the car's Moscow motor show debut at the end of August. A European version is also expected to make an appearance at the Paris motor show, when further details regarding the Latitude will be announced.