An all-new French midsize sedan has made its world debut as Renault recently took the covers off of the 2016 Talisman. Set to replace the aging Laguna and Latitude, the Talisman according to the automaker, combines sleek exterior styling and a spacious and sophisticated cabin with various features.
“We are proud to be unveiling the Talisman , Renault's new four-door saloon. The Talisman is generous in its exterior proportions, it its cabin space and in the passenger comfort it offers. It stands out from the competition with its confident front end, its graceful tail and muscular flanks. Whichever angle you view it from, it looks ready to pounce. We designed it with passion so that its drivers feel proud,” said Laurens van den Acker, Senior Vice President of Corporate Design, Renault.
Utilizing a three-box body style, the D-segment competing midsize sedan measures in at 4,850mm long, 1,870mm wide and 1,460mm tall. Renault added that it also has generous interior and trunk space thanks to a 2,810mm wheelbase.
Moreover, the Talisman also has a striking exterior which consist of long flowing lines mixed with sharp angles. The front has a distinct grill that is accented by dual headlights and C-shaped LED daytime running lights. The lower section of the bumper on the other hand has a circular foglamps that come with chrome trimming.
The side has a pronounced beltline that runs the entire length of the car. A sloped roofline further emphasizes the car's lines while also providing an extended rear glass area. Moving to the back, the Talisman has a conservative, yet French-looking rear-end with the bespoke taillight cluster and shapely bumper.
Inside, the Talisman can be upholstered in five different interior trims which can fit the cabin with either fabric or leather seats along with additional decorative trimming, depending on the variant. Both the driver and front passenger get electrically-adjustable seats, aviation-style six-way adjustable headrests, heated cushion and backrest, massage function and memory settings for six individuals.
The rear passengers on the other hand will be glad to know that the car's rear kneeroom is one of the best according to Renault as it has 262mm of space. Headroom is also abundant as Renault claims it has 855mm of space. Entry-level variants of the Talisman will get a 4.2-inch central display as standard while higher tiered models will be fitted with a 8.7-inch touchscreen display. In addition, higher-spec variants will also come with an infotainment system and a Bose surround sound system that is channeled through 13 speakers.
Gasoline engines available for the Talisman include the TCe 150 and the TCe 200 turbocharged unit. No output ratings have been released yet though the two engines will be mated exclusively to a 7-speed dual clutch gearbox. On the other hand, there are also three available diesels; the dCi 110, dCi 130 and the dCi 160 which is a twin-turbo diesel engine that will be connected to a 6-speed dual clutch transmission.
The 2016 Renault Talisman will be launched in Europe near the end of 2015 and will be available in ten colors: Pearlescent White, Dune Beige, Cosmos Blue, Vision Brown, Cassiopee Gray, Platine Gray, Etolle Black, Carmin Red, Amethyst Black and Glacier White (non-metallic finish).