Renault Talisman

Renault Talisman Estate revealed – but it is NOT for Britain

Renault TalismanRenault has revealed a stylish estate version of its new Talisman large car – but confirmed once again there are no plans to sell it in the UK: the firm won’t even build it in right-hand drive.

Debuting at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, the large new Renault rival to the Ford Mondeo and Vauxhall Insignia is a big car (it’s nearly 4.9 metres long) but this pays off inside: it has almost 1,700 litres of boot space with the seats down.

Even with the seats up, there’s 572 litres of space and the total load length stretches to more than two metres.

Renault even offers a foot-operated electric tailgate for the new Talisman Estate.

Renault Talisman

The firm is claiming class-leading interior space, with the estate getting even more headroom in the back plus new ‘Cover Carving Technology’ seatbacks that liberate an extra 30mm of rear kneeroom.

Massaging front seats are offered, they can be ventilated, and even the headrests are ‘aviation-style’ and adjust in six ways.

Outside, Renault’s fitted aluminium roof bars and chrome-edged side windows: the subtle kick in the rear windowline is a neat touch and the rakish rear is smart.

Renault Talisman

Although the large family car D-sector market has declined over the years, it still accounts for more than one million annual sales across Europe, says Renault.

Estates are actually more important than saloons, taking 54% of overall volumes: that’s why it’s been so quick to launch the new Talisman Estate.

Underneath, it has 4Control four-wheel steer and active damping tech, plus familiar TCe petrol and dCi diesel engines.

See it for the first time at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show next month. But, Mondeo-owning Brits, don’t get too excited…

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