The Renault Laguna has made a return, but not in the way you might think. The name ‘Talisman’ has been officially confirmed for the new French saloon, but it also definitely won’t be coming to the UK. The car will replace the defunct Laguna as a rival for the Volkswagen Passat, Mazda 6 and Ford Mondeo from later this year.
The Talisman name has been used for a while as the branding for an Asian markets saloon, and its adaptation for Europe shows Renault’s ambition for one car for a global market. The firm also claims the name conjures up notions of ‘protection and power’, while also being ‘an easy word to pronounce and understood the world over.’
However, a company spokesman confirmed to Auto Express that Renault has no plans to bring the Talisman to the UK. Like the new Renault Espace, the saloon car has not been engineered for right-hand drive as the cost of doing so outweighs potential sales, meaning a future British debut is very unlikely.
Renault has today released a short teaser film of the new Talisman, but is keeping further details close to its chest.
The latest spy shots confirm reports that the successor to the French family car is under development with an executive saloon feel designed to rival the VW Passat. The interior can be seen for the first time in the images, and the car is due to appear for European launch at the end of 2015.
The images indicate Renault has abandoned the traditional hatchback or estate bodystyles of the Laguna, with the saloon bodystyles of the Passat and Mazda 6 the main target. It features the same family face as the recently spied 2016 Megane, as well as a sleeker profile than before.
Our first view of the cabin is in these revealing spy shots that show the virtually undisguised dashboard design. It’s clearly a step forward for Renault, as the now familiar R-Link system is ditched in favour of a large portrait central touchscreen, similar in concept to the one found in the Tesla Model S.
Digital instruments can also be seen, with infotainment controls on the centre console and sepearte analogue knobs for the ventilation. French design flair remains, with the leather-stitched dashboard and extensive wood trim putting us in mind of the old Renault Vel Satis.
Renault chairman Bruno Anceli stated previously, “there are a lot of possibilities, but it is not an obligation for us to use the same name in different countries.”
“There is a market for that [D-segment saloon] it’s the market of the Passat, it is the king of this market in Europe. [The market] is not positively evolving so of course the benefit today is more in favour of the D-segment crossover.”
Find out about Renault’s plans for a 7-seat SUV based on the Nissan X-Trail here.