Frankfurt preview: 2016 Renault Talisman

Frankfurt preview: 2016 Renault Talisman

Renault has introduced the all-new 2016 Talisman. Set to replace the eight-year old third-generation Laguna, the range-topping Talisman will be presented to the public for the first time this September at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

The Talisman will fight head-to-head against the Mazda Mazda6, the Ford Mondeo (known as the Fusion in the United States) and the eighth-gen Volkswagen Passat. Its front end borrows design cues such as sharp headlights and a wide grille from recent additions to the Renault family like the Espace and the Kadjar, while its rear end loses the Laguna’s tall trunk lid and benefits from a much more rakish D-pillar as well as tail lamps that stretch far into the trunk lid.

Buyers can choose from a palette of ten paint colors and five alloy wheel designs that range from 16 to 19 inches.

Reflecting Renault’s upmarket ambitions, upscale trim levels can be fitted with a large tablet-like touch screen that runs the automaker’s R-Link 2 infotainment system, a heads-up display, a fully digital instrument cluster as well as a Bose surround sound system. Trunk space checks in at nearly 22 cubic feet, a figure that makes it roomier than the Passat sedan.

The Talisman will launch with two gasoline-burning four-cylinder engines rated at 150 and 200 horsepower, respectively, and three turbodiesels that make 110, 130 and 160 ponies, respectively. All engines spin the front wheels via a dual-clutch automatic transmission, but the 110- and 130-horsepower diesels come standard with a six-speed manual gearbox. Renault’s four-wheel steering technology is available on select trim levels.

Built in Douai, France, both the sedan and station wagon versions of the Renault Talisman will go on sale across Europe before the end of the year. It goes without saying that the model will not be sold in the United States, but – surprisingly – Renault has confirmed it won’t be available in the United Kingdom and in Ireland. Similarly, the current Laguna coupe will not be replaced because sales are slow at best.

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