Low running costs, plus low fuel consumption and CO2 emissions also figure prominently amongst the Talisman’s core strengths.
The Renault Talisman, together with the Estate version – which features the same qualities as the saloon – is poised to play an active part in the renewal and upgrading of Renault’s high-end range. Both vehicles will be manufactured at the firm’s Douai plant in France.
For the Talisman, Renault designers opted for a three-box body style. The saloon layout – with a distinct boot – picks up on the universally accepted design practice for this type of car, whilst simultaneously blending Renault’s warm and friendly DNA into the mix.
To reinterpret the rulebook, Renault’s designers went back to basics to establish the ideal proportions and perfect balance between the different volumes. An overall length of 4.85 metres and a width of 1.87 metres endows the Talisman with a generous footprint that is beneficial to interior space and underscores the distinguished appearance expected of a car of this stature.
Renault’s designers and engineers worked closely together to keep the roof height to just 1.46 metres and to control ground clearance. They also achieved the ideal one-third / two-thirds ratio between the glazed areas and body panels, plus a 2.81 metres long wheelbase. The long bonnet adds dynamism to the Talisman’s profile, and the large diameter wheels (up to 19-inches) are a snug fit within their sculpted arches.
The Talisman is powerful and inspires confidence from the front with its distinctive chrome grille featuring the brand’s upright diamond logo. Renault’s new visual signature continues through the Talisman’s C-shaped daytime running lights, which extend right down to the bumper. Depending on the version, the Talisman can be equipped with 100% ‘pure vision’ LED headlights.
The side profile is enhanced by the dynamic shape of the third side window, evoking the world of luxury limousines and the visual promise of generous space inside. The use of chrome underscores the elegance of the Talisman’s silhouette, with a strip running the perimeter of the side windows and another on the moulding that straddles the front wing and door. This arrow-shaped feature taps into the design language of sporting cars to suggest performance and aerodynamic efficiency.
The low, broad-shouldered rear incorporates distinctive tail light clusters that extend inwards towards the centreline of the boot. Their elongated shape underscores the car’s grounded stance while drawing attention to the Renault logo. 3D-effect lighting provides the Talisman with a powerful visual signature. These lights are always switched on – even during the daytime – to further reinforce their visual impact.
Reinterpreting classical design cues to reflect the themes of the exterior styling, Renault’s designers conceived an interior that is welcoming and high in quality. Visually, the cabin is divided into three horizontal planes, which serve to structure the space within the vehicle.
The areas closest to the occupants feature an inviting, soft-to-the-touch trim. Elements that are further away are deliberately treated in a ‘cooler’ manner in terms of colours and materials. This contrast contributes to the impression of space. Lastly, the combination of particular colours and a variety of different materials creates different interior ambiences.
Painstaking attention and imaginative solutions were applied to the Talisman’s ergonomics and design, even down to the padding and trim of its interior components.
The Talisman will be available for sale in Europe at the end of the year. There is no current plan for Talisman to be sold in the United Kingdom or Ireland.