A quick glance is more than enough to ascertain that 2016 Renault Talisman is way cooler than the quirky French saloons it intends to replace. Not that it’s not quirky, but it is a huge leap ahead of its predecessors in terms of design.
A wide trough-shaped chrome grille with horizontal slats and Renault Lozenge takes centre stage on the front fascia. The headlamps are sleek but the DRL extensions that run down the bumper are sure to polarize opinions. The bumper hosts wide air dam with chrome detailing and simple foglights.
The profile is characterized by accentuated two part waistline, large alloy wheels, indent on lower part of doors and a smoothly arching roofline. The rear fascia gets wraparound permanently lit LED taillights, a black diffuser and dual chrome tipped exhaust.
If you’re into number crunching, 2016 Talisman measures 4.85 m in length, 1.87 m in width, 1.46 m in height and has a wheelbase of 2.81 m. The cavernous boot can gobble up 608 litres of luggage and can be further extended by folding the 60:40 split rear seats.
The car is available in nine metallic exterior color options – Pearlescent White, Dune Beige, Cosmos Blue, Vison Brown, Cassiopée Grey, Platine Grey, Etoilé Black, Carmin Red and Améthyste Black (exclusive for top-end Initiale Paris variant) and a Glacier White non metallic paint.
The front seat occupants are pampered with 10-way electrically adjustable seats with 6-position memory, heating and massage functions. The company claims that Talisman offers generous rear knee room of 262 mm and head room of 855 mm.
A flat-bottomed three-spoke multifunction steering wheel, fully digital instrument console, color HUD, a vertically oriented tablet-sized touchscreen R-Link 2 infotainment display, and Bose surround system with 13 speakers are the salient features. The car also gets sound and light ambiance coordination (Multi Sense) and a comprehensive suite of driver aid system including hands-free parking.
Engine and Gearbox
Based on the CMF architecture, 2016 Renault Talisman will be offered with of two petrol and three diesel engines. Petrol lineup includes TCe 150 and TCe 200 turbocharged petrol motors which are available only with a 7-speed dual clutch automatic transmission.
The diesel are dCi 110, dCi 130 and dCi 160 (twin turbo) units. The first two can be had with either a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission while the range-topping oil burner is available only with the 6-speed AT.
Renault has invested a hefty 420 million euros at its Douai facility to manufacture Talisman. Prices of the variants will be revealed at the time of first public appearance at Frankfurt Motor Show 2015 on September 17.
2016 Renault Talisman is a full fledged luxury car which is engineered to take on the big three German luxury car stalwarts in Europe. Since the French automaker is focusing on low-cost products in India like the upcoming Kwid, Talisman will be a huge misfit in the portfolio and is highly unlikely to ever come to our shores.
2016 Renault Talisman – Exteriors
2016 Renault Talisman – Interiors