Renault Talisman – that’s the name of an all-new mid-size sedan from the French brand that will make its debut on July 6 in Europe.
The new Renault model is expected to be a global replacement model for the Latitude (which is currently sold in Australia, and is built as part of a joint-venture between Renault and Samsung in South Korea) and the European-market Laguna model, which has been sold in Australia in the past.
The Laguna name is well-known in Europe, having been around since December 1993. The Latitude name has been in use only since 2010.
According to Renault, the Talisman name is an example of the means by which the company chooses the monikers for its cars: “to symbolise their style and personality in all the markets where they are sold”.
A talisman is generally considered “an object, typically an inscribed ring or stone, that is thought to have magic powers and to bring good luck”, according to Google’s dictionary widget.
A release from the brand states that the Talisman name stays “true to this tradition”, with the company stating that the name “conjures up notions of both protection and power” as well as being “an easy word to pronounce and understood the world over”. Perhaps Captur and Kadjar don’t roll off the tongue as easily as first thought…
There’s no magic trick in the teaser image (top) and video the brand has released, although the clip does give a few glimpses of what to expect, including a wood-trimmed dashboard, leather seats, head-up display, intricately designed alloy wheels, long LED tail lamps and a sculpted bonnet bulge.
The biggest hint about the actual car in the release is that it has a “combination of robust, racy lines” and “innovative technologies” that “express protection and safety”. Further: “The Renault Talisman delivers intense driving enjoyment founded on a genuinely sensorial experience.”
It is expected the new model will be shown at the Frankfurt motor show in September alongside the all-new Renault Megane small car.
Stay tuned for all the details and images of the Renault Talisman as they come to hand.