This is the Talisman, another product of the Franco-Korean alliance Renault Samsung Motors that premiered yesterday at Auto China 2012. For the ever-brand-conscious Chinese market, this car wears a Renault badge but is actually otherwise the same as the Renault Samsung SM7, which went on sale in Korea last year.
A Nissan-sourced V6 engine will be offered in 2.5-litre and 3.5-litre displacements, which respectively produce 187 and 254 hp. Drive is sent to the front wheels via either a CVT or six-speed tiptronic gearbox.
Renault CEO Carlos Ghosn declares the Talisman the company’s flagship in China and emphasises the significance of the car’s launch into this fast-growing market. The mid-size sedan is built in the South Korean city of Busan, and Chinese buyers will be able to get their hands on the exports by June, costing them in the region of 300,000 RMB (RM150,000).
Renault have so far been unsuccessful in their attempts to join forces with a Chinese manufacturer to build cars in China. Let’s hope this Talisman will be their lucky charm.