Renault is displaying these days in Frankfurt their brand new Talisman mid-size model in sedan and wagon body styles.

Renault is displaying these days in Frankfurt their brand new Talisman mid-size model in sedan and wagon body styles.

They finally have a replacement for the slow-selling and outdated Laguna and Latitude models and as you can see the new Talisman looks nothing like its predecessors. Renault asked Daimler to thoroughly check quality control, so the new cars should provide superior fit and finish both inside and out while the optional LED headlights and fancy LED daytime running lights give the Talismans a distinctive look, even though some say the design is similar to the VW Passat.

Comfort and practicality were high on the priority list as the new Talisman is much more spacious inside the cabin and comes with a massive 608-liter trunk in the case of the sedan with the rear bench in position whereas the wagon can haul up to 1,700 (VDA) if you fold down the rear seats. There's a standard 4.2-inch display for the infotainment system, but more expensive version have a bigger 8.7-inch R-Link 2 setup that can work with a 13-speaker Bose surround sound system.

Both of them will share the TCe 150 and TCe 200 turbocharged gasoline engines with 150 PS & 200 PS along with a trio of Energy dCi diesels: 110, 130 and 160 PS. A six-speed manual gearbox is available as well as an optional EDC dual-clutch auto for the TCe 200 and the dCi 130 while the dCi 160 gets a six-speed dual clutch.

The Renault Talisman Sedan and Estate are programmed to go on sale in mainland Europe in the first half of 2016.

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