The Talisman will be the Renault Laguna's replacement in Europe, but it won't be coming to the UK
Darren Moss
15 September 2015

Renault's Laguna replacement, the Talisman, has been revealed at the Frankfurt motor show. The Talisman will go on sale in Europe in the first half of 2016 in both saloon and estate forms, but won't be coming to the UK.

Design cues around the front end echo those of the next-generation Renault Megane, which is also due to arrive in 2016, while the Talisman’s overall shape is similar to traditional saloons like the Mazda 6 and Volkswagen Passat.

Renault says the Talisman nameplate was chosen as it “conjures up notions of both protection and power. At the same time, Talisman is an easy word to pronounce and understand the world over”.

The Talisman will come with a choice of two petrol and three diesel engine. The 108bhp 1.4-litre diesel engine is the most efficient of the range, with emissions starting at 95g/km when paired with the six-speed manual gearbox. A 1.6-litre dCi 130 and a dCi 160 are also offered, alongside a 147bhp and 197bhp petrol option.

Renault says that the new car will come with 4Control - a four-wheel steering system - and active dampers, which allow the driver to switch between Comfort, Sport, Eco and Neutral modes.

The Talisman name is already used on a four-door model sold in China. The aligning of the name with this new model shows Renault’s ambition to create a more global car.

The Talisman has been a long time coming, with plans for a more premium executive saloon to replace the Laguna stretching back to 2012. Renault bosses told Autocar in 2013 that the next Laguna would need to be a more adventurous model, and would need to incorporate the “fluid and emotional” styling seen in Renault’s smaller models. In particular, former Renault boss Carlos Tavares said inspiration would come from the Zoe, Captur and Clio models.

A Renault spokesman confirmed that the reason why Talisman would not be coming to the UK was the same reason why the new Espace won’t be seen in this country: because D-segment saloons and MPVs are not a growth area in the UK, with market trends instead showing a desire for SUVs and crossovers. By contrast, in Europe the saloon and MPV market is still relatively stable.

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30 June 2015
Than the Laguna that it replaces. Wonder will it come to Ireland as the Laguna was always popular here I hope it does. Have always like the Laguna in each generation. It a pity the MKII was so unreliable but there is still plenty about so thats good to see as it was the best looking one but the MKIII was classier and much better Put together much more reliable too and was also the coupe version which is rear but great looking like a small Aston Martin. Am not made about the new name do but the few hints of the car like the taillights look good.

27 August 2015
The Laguna was axed in Ireland too (I think they just stopped all RHD production), however you did get the Fluence (non-EV) which the UK only got briefly as an EV, as you still like your saloon cars in the Irish market.

So if Renault do make a RHD version (Australia?) Ireland may get it, otherwise the replacement Fluence / Megane saloon will be headed your way.

Though I've noticed more and more manufacturers have stopped selling saloons in Ireland, though this may be more the fault of the UK market than a dip in demand (given that Corollas, Fluences etc. remain popular).

1 July 2015
“delivers intense driving enjoyment founded on a genuinely sensorial experience." It sounds fantastic!

7 July 2015
is what it sounds like.

6 July 2015
Marketing chat aside, it looks like a fairly ordinary effort. Always nice to have more choice, but unlikely to be a big hit in the UK.

6 July 2015
scrap wrote:

...unlikely to be a big hit in the UK.

Particularly as it's not coming here.

6 July 2015
Autocar wrote:

A Renault spokesman confirmed that the reason why Talisman would not be coming to the UK was the same reason why the new Espace won’t be seen in this country: because D-segment saloons and MPVs are not a growth area in the UK, with market trends instead showing a desire for SUVs and crossovers.

So, not coming to the UK because there are too many sheep buying SUVs and crossovers.....

 

I'm a disillusioned former Citroëniste.

6 July 2015
Frightmare Bob wrote:

So, not coming to the UK because there are too many sheep buying SUVs and crossovers.....

Not coming here because there are too many sheep buying (or more to the point companies leasing) any old rubbish as long as it's German. And because Renault can't be bothered.

We're much the poorer for it. We're already losing out on some very nice cars, like the Renault Fluence and our roads are infested with mobile eyesores like the current Mercedes range because the Hyacinth bucket tendency thinks they impress the neighbours.

6 July 2015
The German cars are better no doubt about it. The previous Laguna at least looks interesting especially the coupe which I considered buying but in Singapore they saddled it with a lousy engine so no go. The talisman looks anodyne. If you look this boring you better have a great chassis or build quality that makes Audi cry. That remains to be seen.

6 July 2015
Britain, by the way, is in Europe.

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