The Laguna's equipment levels were gradually getting more lavish, and soon all models came with power steering, electric front windows, driver's airbag and remote central locking as standard. Most of the range had twin airbags, anti-lock braking system, air-conditioning and CD player as either optional or standard equipment.
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At the start of 1998 the Laguna received a moderate facelift, including a restyling of the hatchback of the Sport Tourer version, and a redesigned front. This included different design of the lights, most noticeable are the circular fog-lights in the front.
More notably, the engines were updated and, in some markets, equipment levels enhanced again. Five new engines featured in the completed facelifted line-up:
- 1.6 16v
- 1.8 16v
- 1.9 dTi (turbo-charged direct injection)
- 1.9 dCi (common-rail injection, turbo)
- 2.2 dTi (turbo-charged direct injection)
The dTi versions were direct injection diesels, and replaced the old 2.2D and 2.2TD versions that were available prior to 1998.
2000 saw the final edition of this Laguna - the Laguna Concorde. It had many extras, including semi-leather seats and vocal warnings like "Welcome. The vehicle computer... is now checking systems for you". The on-board computer was highly intelligent and would notify the driver of any doors not being closed, lights left on etc, or other serious fault in the vehicles entire electrical/mechanical circuit. It is a common complaint that on 1993-2000(Mk.1) Laguna's the rear wheel bearings wear out and begin to 'hum' at approximately 45,000mi (72,000km)-55,000mi (89,000km) and require renewal shortly afterwards. The Laguna "Concorde" model was the last guise of the 'old' Laguna's to be marketed prior to the release of the Laguna II in 2001, the last of the Mk.1 Laguna's were registered in February 2001 and the Concorde range all feature a cream letter "C" on a dark green background, with the outline of a Concorde aircraft above the letter.