Renault has revealed a new addition to its exclusive European Talisman salon model. Dubbed the Estate variant, the new entry to the lineup will replace the Laguna wagon, and boast increased load space all around. In terms of numbers, luggage capacity for the Talisman Estate is claimed to be an astounding 1700 liters with the rear seats folded down, which puts it a few steps ahead of the already large boot space of the Ford Mondeo Estate.
The 4-door Talisman will make its world debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2015, and will go on sale in Europe later this year. The Talisman series is part of the D-Segment, which accounts for more than a million annual sales each year in Europe, and includes the Toyota Avensis Touring Sport, Volkswagen Passat Estate and Opel Insignia Sport Tourer. The dimensions of the Estate mid-size wagon will be the same as the salon at 1,870 mm wide, 4,860 mm long, 1,460 mm tall, and resting on a wheelbase measuring 2010 mm.
The Talisman Estate will boast a 1116 mm maximum load length and 572 liters of load space, which is roughly 608 liters shy when compared to the sedan. And when the rear seats fold down, that space nearly quadruples to 2010 mm, equating to a volume of approximately 1700 liters.
The Talisman Estate wagon will also arrive appointed with aluminum roof bars mated with a long roof spoiler, and an electric tailgate that can be opened by simply waving your foot under the rear bumper. With regards to the engine variants, Renault will offer the same range of engines as the saloon, which includes one automatic and three diesels in different configurations. It will be interesting to see the variance in car insurance costs from the outgoing Laguna.
2016 Renault Talisman Saloon
The Talisman series is a new entry to the Renault stable, and its saloon and wagon variants are all set to be revealed at the Frankfurt Motor show in September 2015. The Talisman series will compete directly with the Volkswagen Passat, a model that’s been in production for eight years, and is exclusively sold in Europe. The Talisman however features a more rich front end which is appointed with sharp headlights curved LED daytime running headlights, a prominent five layer radiator grille fitted with an oversized Renault emblem, and a rakish D-pillar compared to the Laguna wagon.
But it’s not just the exterior of the Talisman Saloon and Estate wagons that is impressive, the interior of the two vehicles is equipped with the latest technology, making this series the most technologically advanced cars created by Renault in its entre 117 year history. The dashboard is fitted with a large 8.7 inch tablet like touchscreen that is powered by the company’s latest R-Link 2 infotainment system, and if that’s not enough, the vehicle can be ordered with a completely programmable digital instrument cluster.
Ever since their initial release, both the Talisman saloon and wagon have received a surge of appeal, and are definitely not to be missed at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show.