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2016 Renault Talisman: stylish estate loads up at Frankfurt

The Talisman has made its public debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show, but it's not coming to the UK

Renault earlier this year revealed the new Talisman saloon, a direct replacement for the Laguna, and now we've seen it in the flesh at the Frankfurt Motor Show for the first time.

The Talisman is primed to go on sale at the start of 2016 after its debut, but sadly Renault has confirmed there are no current plans to bring it to the UK.

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Renault bosses stated that, like the new Espace MPV, it won't be engineered for right-hand drive due to the decline in the traditional saloon market. The previous Laguna was axed in this country in 2011 due to slow sales, while saloon rivals such as the Honda Accord have also bowed out of the market. 

The new Talisman gets a sleeker, more executive profile in-line with market leaders such as the VW Passat and Mazda 6. The front-end design is believed to be the new Renault family face that we'll eventually see on next year's new Megane hatch, and an adaptation of that currently seen on the Kadjar SUV. Both saloon and estate are 4.85 metres long, 70mm longer than the Passat, and 1.87 metres wide.

The sloping roofline is indicative of modern design trends, while the large LED rear lights give the back-end a distinctive look. The estate is surprisingly similar in style but with the usual upright glasshouse.

Inside, the Talisman gets an all-new dash design, with an 8.7-inch portrait-angled touchscreen system borrowed from the new Espace. New tech includes LED headlamps, a head-up display, BOSE surround sound and hands-free parking, and there''s a digital instrument cluster as standard.

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The firm is also claiming the larger saloon offers best-in-class passenger space, and an impressive 608-litre boot. As you'd expect with a Renault, the latest active safety systems feature aiming it up with the best in its class. 

Under the skin Renault has pushed the boat out, claiming the Talisman is the only car in its class to offer both four-wheel steering and adaptive damping combined for "dynamic, agile handling" and "outstanding ride comfort". 

At launch there will be two petrol and three diesel engines on offer; a 148bhp and 197bhp TCe turbo petrol, mated exclusively to a seven-speed dual clutch automatic, while there's 109bhp, 128bhp and 158bhp dCI diesels with either a six-speed manual or six-speed dual-clutch autobox. Renault claims the lowest-powered diesel emits as low as 95g/km of CO2.

Renault bosses have claimed we'll be seeing the Talisman in Europe at the beginning of 2016, before it is rolled out in Turkey and North African markets later on.

Do you think Renault should bring the Talisman to the UK? Let us know in the comments below.

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