2016 Renault Talisman saloon not coming to UK

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 PassatMazda 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.