Renault has unveiled the new Talisman Estate roughly one month after it presented the Talisman’s saloon version. It will start selling in Europe in the first half of 2016. Every year in Europe, the D segment (composed of saloons and estates combined) racks up sales of over a million units.
Estates make up about 54% of this number. The new Renault Talisman Estate has all the advantages of the saloon variant while getting the estate’s stylishness and practicality.
The measurements of the Talisman Estate are exactly the same as that of the saloon. It is 4.86 metres long, 1.87 metres wide, 1.46 metres tall, and has a wheelbase of 2.81 metres. Other qualities they share are a sleek profile, a high waistline, and dynamic proportions.
Its sweeping roofline, which is extended via a long lip spoiler, is emphasized with polished aluminium roof bars. It appears sleeker and more refined with its C-pillar and chrome-bordered side windows. The rear window is sloped in such a way that it appears more dynamic but it doesn’t compromise the boot space.
Because of its powered tailgate, loading is easy. It is easy to activate, the driver only has to wave one foot under the rear bumper. The Talisman Estate provides a load space of 572dm3 (VDA) up to the parcel shelf and has a maximum load length of 1,116mm. When the rear seats are loaded, this figure rises to 2,010mm, equivalent to a volume of nearly 1,700dm3 (VDA). The Renault Talisman Estate is the leader in its class when it comes to interior space.
It has comfortable seats and a roomy cabin. It has additional headroom at the rear of 30mm, extending to 886mm. It has a front headroom of 902mm, a rear headroom of 886mm, a front elbow room of 1,512mm, a rear knee room of 262mm, and cabin stowage of more than 25 litres. Its front seats have the best features in its class. There are 10 possible settings (of which, 8 can be electronically adjusted) and it has a seat cushion length that may be adjusted fore/aft by up to 60mm (at the Initiale Paris equipment level only).
In addition, the seats offer four-way electric lumbar adjustment (height/depth). It has a massage feature that may be adjusted in terms of type and intensity. It consists of two programmes and five sequences. It gets aviation-style six-way adjustable head rests and heated seat cushions and backs, with a memory in the settings for as many as 6 profiles. It has two significant new items. When it’s hot, the occupants can be more comfortable with its integrated ventilation.
It comes with new ‘Cover Carving Technology’, which consists of strong, semi-rigid, lightweight shells built into the front seat backs. This leads to additional space, giving rear passengers an extra knee room of 3 centimeters. It is also offered in Initiale Paris trim, providing more comfort and refinement as well as an exclusive Améthyste Black exterior finish. It also comes with special full-grain Nappa leather upholstery and better soundproofing due to its laminated side windows.
The technologies seen on the Talisman Estate are meant to enhance comfort in traveling and driving. This multi-sense technology merges four-wheel steering with active damping. Marking the first appearance in its segment is the use of 4Control system and active damping in the Renault Talisman Estate. The Talisman Estate is exceptionally agile due to the 4Control chassis. The new Renault is in a class of its own in terms of evasive action because of its outstanding cornering stability and dexterity.
With the Multi-Sense technology from Renault, the driving experience can be personalized. There are 4 pre-programmed settings, namely: ‘Comfort’, ‘Sport’, ‘Neutral’ and ‘Eco’). There’s also the ‘Perso’ mode that’s fully configurable. Have you ever seen a vehicle that can quickly switch its personality? The Talisman Estate sure can. It has a ‘shortcut’ button that allows the driver to change from one mode to the other and back. The Talisman has a lower center of gravity and its driving position is close to the road.
As a result, the gains from the Multi-Sense system can be enhanced, particularly when the model is in the dynamic ‘Sport’ mode. Drivers can get a sense of having his pick from several cars. Drivers can make immediate decisions on whether they want a spirited and responsive ride or a trip that’s smooth and comfortable. In-car ambiance may be adjusted by changing the interior lighting (red, sepia, purple, green, blue), tinkering with the look and color of the dashboard info display, and adjusting the engine sound.
Renault offers its R-Link 2 connected multimedia tablet with the Talisman. This tablet is offered in a choice of a 7-inch landscape format or an 8.7-inch portrait format. This tablet controls the driving aids and the standard functions like the navigation, audio and climate control functions. Aside from the features on the touch-screen, there are also shortcut buttons, a multi-function rotary control on the centre console, and even more steering wheel-mounted controls.
The driver can configure the home pages so the most frequently used features can be directly accessed. The interface can also be personalized. The Talisman Estate is equipped with the tailor-engineered BOSE Surround Sound, consisting of 12 high-performance loudspeakers and a subwoofer. Surround Sound is created when Centerpoint® Technology converts the signal from stereo sources into a multi-channel signal. Meanwhile, the digital processing of the Bose signal makes use of the Talisman’s own acoustic properties to produce bespoke equalisation.
In addition, this model comes with a wide range of driving aids (also known as ADAS). (1) To reassure: These include the Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) and Active Emergency Braking System (AEBS). (2) To alert: These consist of the Lane Departure Warning (LDW); Safe Distance Warning (SDW); Traffic Sign Recognition with Over Speed Prevention (TSR / OSP); Blind Spot Warning (BSW). (3) To assist: These are comprised of the reversing camera; automatic dipped and main beam headlights (AHL); electronic handbrake; front, rear and side parking sensors; and hands-free parking assist. Information is available on the retractable, colour head-up display. The driver can view the current speed, navigational guidance, driving aids (ADAS).
There are four different equipment levels available for this model. Customers can also get it with the top-of-the-line Initiale Paris trim. It is set to make its public debut this September at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show.