Renault’s latest addition from the Frankfurt Auto Show, the Talisman is set to replace the outdated Laguna. This full-size flagship family sedan and wagon alike are definitely more stylish than the car which they are about to replace. Judging by how both 2016 Renault Talisman estate and saloon look like, French manufacturer can expect some new sales coming their way.
The Engine Range
2016 Renault Talisman will be offered with no less than five different performance classes which should be stretched across four different engines – two diesels and couple of gasoline ones. Petrol engines are designated as TCe 150 and TCe 200. This means that they deliver either 150 horsepower or 200 horses respectively, and that further means that they are both 4-cylinders. Turbo diesel engines will also be 4-cylinders and should return 110, 130 and 160 ponies respectively.
However, they should only come in two versions of engines as mentioned above. One of them will only be tuned differently. 6-speed manual transmission is reserved only for couple of diesel engines with the lowest output. All other versions of the Talisman will feature 6-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
Design – Inside and Outside view
You have probably already seen the Talisman concept car which spread its wings over a decade ago. C4, for instance has incorporated its hatchbacky aerodynamics, but 2016 Renault Talisman has nothing to do with it. Overall, new Talisman is more than nicely crafted and exquisitely designed at the same time. Sedan’s lines are beyond sleek and elegant for its niche, and wagon doesn’t fall in behind either. Both front and rear are handsome to the extent which Renault hasn’t reached recently. At least not in full-size segment. Tailgate of a wagon, and decklid of a sedan feature some large angular tail-lights, while frontal fascia boasts metallic stripe grille with contemporary headlights and even more modern headlamp extensions. All in all, the end result is much better than one which Laguna had offered.
|Length||4.850 MM (190.94 Inches)|
|Width||1.870 MM (73.62 Inches)|
|Height||1.460 MM (57.48 Inches)|
|Wheelbase||2.810 MM (110.62 Inches)|
Talisman’s innards are nicely executed as well. In fact, it’s better than that. Frenchmen have likely presented their top tier model in Frankfurt, but even lower grades will look good with their plastic and cloth upholstery. Presented model, however, features leather seats and abundance of natural wood inlays across the dash, door panels and even middle tunnel. Vertically oriented 8.7-inch touch screen display screen looks equally impressive and offers abundance of connectivity features with itself. Bose surround sound system has 13 speakers, but has to be ordered separately, just like heated rear and ventilated front seats, and panoramic sunroof.
Options and Safety
Safety systems will be rather advanced for Renault as a European manufacturer thanks to the fact that 2016 Renault Talisman is a large family car. Apart from all mandatory gear, full-size car should offer additional rearview camera, hands-free parking, blind-spot monitors, lane departure warning and adaptive cruise control among others.
2016 Renault Talisman Price & MPG
Fuel efficiency is a category which the Talisman puts a lot of emphasis on. Smallest 110-horsepower engine should be able to deliver around 60 mpg combined in NEDC cycle rating figures. That’s no mean feat at all, but other engines will only spend more from there on. Price range will probably set itself between €25,000 and €35,000, and that should work for both body styles and all given engine choices.
2016 Renault Talisman might have taken some of its cues from the Passat or even Hyundai Azera, but German counterpart is exactly the car against the Talisman is about to pit itself. It, however, features sublime lines which add up to a great look. Interior can look even better if you decide to go with more refined packages, but knowing Renault, prices will also rise steadily with every passing trim level.
The biggest opponents are 2015 Volkswagen Passat and 2016 Audi A4. As you can to see, new Talisman is very similar to these cars.
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