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Renault has presented its new D-segment Renault Talisman in France. Looks impressive doesn’t it? This is the first application of Renault’s latest design language to a sedan body after it made its debut on the new Espace.

The Talisman replaces both the European-centric Laguna and the ‘rest of the world’ Latitude as a single global D-segment in Renault’s line-up. The Talisman name is not new, though – it was previously used for the Latitude in the China market.

Built on Renault-Nissan’s CMF architecture in Douai, France, it’s a big car, measuring 4,850 mm long, 1,870 mm wide and 1,460 mm tall, with a 2,810 mm wheelbase. Renault gave it a pretty large boot as well, measuring in at 608 litres, one of the biggest in its class.

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Those ‘hooks’ below the headlamp may seem like an odd feature at first but they make sense at night as they form a C-shaped DRL pattern. The rear of the car also features a lighting design that makes a strong visual impact – the tail lamps extend inwards towards the Renault badge on the centre of the boot lid.

Like the Espace, there’s a portrait-orientation 7.0-inch or 8.7-inch (depending on mid or high spec) R-Link II touch screen that’s mounted in the centre of the dashboard. This controls navigation, entertainment and climate control. Lower spec cars feature a regular radio with a 4.2-inch display. Unlike other French cars, Renault put a lot of thought into cubby holes – there’s a claimed 25 litres of storage space around the cabin.

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You have an eight litre glove box (will this be retained for right hand drive, we wonder), 4.6 litres in each front door, two litres in each rear door, cupholders that have a sliding lid cover, a chilled storage compartment under the central armrest, and a tray for the front passenger for keys or a phone.

Approach the car with the Renault key card in your pocket and the car’s exterior lights as well as wing mirror puddle lamps will turn on to greet you. Open the door and the electric seats will slide back 50 mm to facilitate ingress.

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You’ll be sitting in a seat that has what’s claimed to be a world first use of ‘Cover Carving Technology’. It’s essentially a semi-rigid, flexible and lightweight shell that is about one kilogram lighter than a regular plastic seat back shell and allows 30 mm more knee room in the rear.

A few engine options are available. The two petrol engines options consist of TCe 150 and 200 hp, 260 Nm Energy TCt 200 units mated to a seven-speed EDC dual clutch transmission. Oil burner options include the Energy dCi 110, the 130 hp, 320 Nm Energy dCi 130 and the 160 hp, 380 Nm twin-turbo Energy dCi 160, all mated to six-speed EDC dual-clutch transmissions.

You’ll be able to choose from Comfort, Sport, Eco and Neutral drive modes which adjust the steering, engine, active damper control and gearbox accordingly. There’s also 4Control which is four wheel steering, but it isn’t something new to Renault D-segment cars as the older Laguna also had it. It isn’t something that its competitors have caught on to yet though, so it remains the only car in its class to have it.

Will we see the Talisman in Malaysia? We don’t know for now, but word is that the distributor is more likely to focus on crossovers as that seems to be the way the market is heading right now.