Even the first glance at Talisman reveals its ambition to reach demanding clients. This upper middle class sedan has potential to enhance the Renault brand even more than Laguna did. Despite the fact that Renault has been on our market for years and it has become a well-established brand, we do not consider it premium. Talisman model, however, could change this quite quickly.
Basic prerequisite for reaching a wide range of customers is design, which in recent years must be ahead of its time. Talisman also appears almost in a futuristic and postmodern way, but its designers have done an excellent job and the vehicle leaves a wellbalanced impression. Talisman is also counting on its generous cockpit space, detailed and sophisticated interior, the option to use LED lighting technology; as well as a large touch screen in the center console together with five motorization options.
The front end design is massive and rugged, the chrome touch on the front grille suits it well. Front headlamps are significantly extended by daytime LED illumination which represents the characteristic feature of this new vehicle. Overall, we can say that Renault is faithful to its current design manual, although Talisman literally stands out from the brand portfolio due to its eccentricity. With a length of 4.85 meters it can be seen as a limousine, although much more often it will be sold as an upper middle class sedan.
Renault did a great job; especially the quality of interior finish has risen to a higher level, usually typical for German carmakers. The overall impression is formed not only by its appearance, but also by an ergonomic placement of controls, lighting ambience and materials used. We expect a feeling of quality-inducing interior with extensive upholstery when it comes to high-cost vehicles. In Talisman, this is missing. Nevertheless, the feel of the plastic dashboard is very good. Soft surfaces have a nice touch and are durable, we expect long durability and a well-preserved texture even after years.
Center console is truly appealing and interesting. The number of mechanical controls was radically reduced and replaced with a large head-up touchscreen. Its graphics is user-friendly, simple and adjusts colors and intensity according to real-time light conditions outside which makes us like it even more. A compact gearshift with an ideal height is comfortable to use and other controls are located within ten centimeters.
Renault Talisman will be available in a total of five levels of equipment, in three different interior designs and five possible motorizations (TCe 150, TCe 200, dCi 110, dCi 130 or dCi 160). Two petrol engines and three diesel ones should cover the entire European demand but the manufacturer is not planning a hybrid version. It is truly a shame because it could support the promotion of this already extremely attractive vehicle even more. All petrol engines will offer a 7-speed automatic EDC dual clutch transmission.
Renault revealed first photographs of the Estate version just shortly after the official introduction of Talisman. These images have already left a positive impression and we believe that Renault will succeed in significantly improving its image with these new launches also in Slovakia.