Renault has unveiled the new saloon – the Talisman – the replacement for the Laguna. The Talisman, which is slated to go on sale in 2016, was seen being tested in Europe. However, it isn’t expected to be available in the UK. The front end has design cues similar as those of the next-generation Renault Megane, which is slated to make its arrival in 2016 too.
Meanwhile, the overall shape of the Talisman is comparable to conventional saloons such as the Mazda 6 and Volkswagen Passat. Renault said that the Talisman nameplate was picked because it “conjures up notions of both protection and power.” It is also easy to say and it is understood everywhere in the world.
Buyers can choose from two petrol and three diesel engine options. If you’re looking for efficiency, get the 108bhp 1.4-litre diesel engine. When coupled with the six-speed manual gearbox, it can emit as low as 95g/km of CO2. It is also available with either a 1.6-litre dCi 130 or a dCi 160, as well as a 147bhp and 197bhp petrol option.
This new car is equipped with a four-wheel steering system named 4Control. It also gets active dampers, which enables the driver to choose from among the Comfort, Sport, Eco and Neutral modes. There is a four-door model offered in China that uses the Talisman name. This hints that Renault is hoping to create a more global car.
The use of the Talisman name comes as no surprise. We’ve heard of a plan for the Laguna to be replaced with a more luxurious executive saloon back in 2012. In an Autocar interview in 2013, Renault leaders said that the next Laguna will have to be more adventurous and it will have to feature the “fluid and emotional” style of the smaller models of the brand.
Former chief of Renault, Carlos Tavares, said that it takes inspiration from the Clio, Zoe, and Captur. Talisman won’t be sold in the UK for the same reason that the new Espace will not be available in this market too.
A Renault spokesman explained that the UK market isn’t an area of growth for the D-segment saloons and MPVs. Rather, the preference is for SUVs and crossovers. But in Europe, the market for the saloon and MPVs remain comparatively stable.