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Stunning new Renault Talisman unveiled


RENAULT is on a bit of a winning streak with its latest line up of small cars. The all-new crossover Captur is a favourite here at Autodealer and our editor, Sean Nurse, is smitten with the new Mégane RS Trophy. Now though, the French carmaker has unveiled its latest model, the Talisman. It might not be a small car, but boy does it look good!

The Talisman ticks all the boxes that D-segment customers have come to appreciate, while taking wellbeing and driving enjoyment to a new level. The Talisman has a powerful design 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 percent '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 taillight 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. Lighting (3D-effect) provides the Talisman with a powerful visual signature. These lights are always switched on - even during the daytime - to further reinforce their visual impact.

When it comes to the interior design, Renault has been 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.

Under the hood, the Talisman is powered by efficient, high-performance small-displacement engines. The Talisman's comprehensive range of engine options includes the Energy TCe 200 petrol unit and the Energy dCi 160 and Energy dCi 130 diesels.

We will keep you informed whether or not the Talisman arrives on our shores; we here at Autodealer really hope that it does. Follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook to stay updated with the latest motoring news.

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