Renault Talisman

The Renault Talisman is a large family car manufactured by the French car manufacturer Renault since 2015.[2] It replaces the Renault Laguna, as well as the larger Renault Latitude, for which no direct replacement was scheduled. It is also produced by Renault Samsung in South Korea and marketed as the Renault Samsung SM6.

Renault Talisman
Renault Talisman bei Albert Heijn Kerkrade 03.jpg
Also calledRenault Samsung SM6 (South Korea)
Production2015–2022 (France)
2016–present (South Korea)
DesignerAlexis Martot[1]
Body and chassis
ClassMid-size car / large family car (D-segment)
Body style4-door saloon
5-door estate
LayoutFront-engine, front-wheel-drive
PlatformRenault–Nissan CMF-CD platform
RelatedRenault Espace V
Wheelbase2,810 mm (110.6 in)
Length4,850 mm (190.9 in)
Width1,870 mm (73.6 in)
Height1,460 mm (57.5 in)
PredecessorRenault Laguna
Renault Latitude (Europe)

The name "talisman" means "a magical object providing protection against ill will, or the supernatural, or conferring the wearer with a boon such as good luck, good health, or powers".

Renault ended production of the Talisman in Europe in February 2022.[3]


The saloon version of the Talisman was first unveiled on 6 July 2015, at the Château de Chantilly by Renault's CEO Carlos Ghosn,[4] with an estate version scheduled to be revealed at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. The two versions were allegedly codenamed LFD (saloon) and KFD (estate).[5][6]

The car is based on the CMF CD platform, jointly developed by Renault and Nissan, and is the second Renault car to use it following the Espace. The use of the new platform is aimed at giving the Talisman a production volume advantage, that its predecessor (the Laguna) never achieved.[2] Renault executives stated that, like the new crossover, the Espace V, it will not be engineered for right-hand drive markets, due to the decline in the traditional saloon market.[citation needed]

The use of the Talisman name is intended as a way of unifying Renault nomenclature across the world, as Renault already sells in China a similar car named Talisman.[2][7] Renault said the name "conjures up notions of both protection and power. At the same time, Talisman is an easy word to pronounce and understand the world over".[7]

Renault Talisman Grandtour
Renault Samsung SM6

Design and technical detailsEdit

The Talisman is slightly larger than the Laguna,[4] with a lower centre of gravity.[8] Renault focused on design, equipment and comfort with the aim of regaining market share in the large family car segment.[4] Daimler personnel visited the car manufacturing site at Douai, and gave input on quality control and perceived quality.[8]

According to Renault staff, they wanted to give the car the "fluid and emotional" aspect of smaller models from the company.[7] They also tried to achieve a more "classic" styling than the used for its predecessor with the aim of gaining market share from the business fleets.[9]

The Talisman is the first large Renault car since the Renault 18 in the 1980s for which no hatchback body is available either as standard or as an option.[10] The car had originally five trim levels for Europe (Life, Zen, Business, Intens, and Initiale Paris).[11]

Euro NCAP test results
Renault Talisman (2015)
Test Points %
Adult occupant: 32.9 86%
Child occupant: 41.4 84%
Pedestrian: 24.7 68%
Safety assist: 10 76%

In March 2018, Renault unveiled a sportier trim level powered by a 1.8-litre petrol engine called S Edition, aimed to be introduced in the market by September 2018.[12] In South Korea, the car was launched with up to four trim levels (PE, SE, LE and RE), although their number varied according to the engine used.[13]

In March 2018, Renault Samsung introduced a minor facelift for the market in South Korean, with some exterior changes, interior equipment updates and a new colouring option.[14] In July 2019, Renault Samsung launched a new high end trim, called Premiere.[15]

The car has a four wheel steering system (called 4 Control)[7] which is not available in the South Korean version.[16] It also incorporates a system (Multi Sense) which allows adjusting all car settings (on the cabin as well as mechanicals) between four pre-set options called Comfort, Sport, Eco and Neutral, and a user configurable option called Perso.[17]

As an optional, the Talisman has a new infotainment system with an 8.7-inch touchscreen[8][7] introduced in the fifth generation Espace, called R Link 2[11] (S Link in South Korea).[18] The equipment also include adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, traffic sign detection with excess speed warning and blind spot alert.[11]

The car scored a five star rating at the tests for Euro NCAP in 2015.[19]

Renault Talisman Saloon

Gearboxes are six/seven speed dual-clutch automatic, six speed manual and CVT (the latter only available in a liquefied petroleum gas version sold in South Korea).[18][20] Suspension is made of Pseudo MacPherson struts on front and a semi rigid axle on rear,[20] with an optional active suspension system.[21] Brakes are discs on both axles.[20]

The Talisman received technological updates in February 2020, including new LED Matrix headlamps with adaptive lighting, 10.2-inch digital instrument cluster, 9.3-inch 'Easy Link' portrait style touchscreen infotainment system, and a range of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS).[22]


The Talisman is powered by a range of petrol and diesel engines in both Europe and South Korea. The diesel engined versions were not initially sold in South Korea, while there is a liquefied petroleum gas version only for the market in South Korea.[18][20] In August 2016, a diesel version was introduced for the market in South Korea.[23]

In November 2018, Renault announced the introduction of both petrol and diesel WLTP compliant engines.[24][25]

Engine Type C. Displacement Power Torque
Petrol engines
TCe 160 EDC FAP Turbo direct injection 4 1,330 cc 120 kW (163 hp) at 5,500 rpm 270 N⋅m (199 lb⋅ft) at 1,800 rpm
Energy TCe 150 EDC7 a Turbo direct injection 4 1,618 cc 110 kW (150 hp) at 5,200 rpm 220 N⋅m (162 lb⋅ft) at 1,750 rpm
Energy TCe 200 EDC7 Turbo direct injection 4 1,618 cc
  • 147 kW (200 hp) at 6,000 rpm a
  • 140 kW (190 hp) at 5,750 rpm b
260 N⋅m (192 lb⋅ft) at 2,500 rpm
  • Energy TCe 225 EDC7
  • TCe 225 EDC FAP
Turbo direct injection 4 1,798 cc 165 kW (224 hp) at 5,600 rpm (Energy TCe 225 EDC7); at 5,500 rpm (TCe 225 EDC FAP) 300 N⋅m (221 lb⋅ft) at 1,750 rpm (Energy TCe 225 EDC7); at 2,000 rpm (TCe 225 EDC FAP)
2.0 GDe b Direct injection 4 1,997 cc 110 kW (150 hp) at 5,800 rpm 202 N⋅m (149 lb⋅ft) at 4,400 rpm
Diesel engines
Energy dCi 110 ECO2 Turbo common rail injection 4 1,461 cc 81 kW (110 hp) at 4,000 rpm 260 N⋅m (192 lb⋅ft) at 1,750 rpm
Variable-geometry turbo common rail injection 4 1,598 cc 96 kW (131 hp) at 4,000 rpm 320 N⋅m (236 lb⋅ft) at 1,750 rpm
Energy dCi 160 EDC6a Twin-turbo common rail injection 4 1,598 cc 118 kW (160 hp) at 4,000 rpm 380 N⋅m (280 lb⋅ft) at 1,750 rpm
  • Blue dCi 120
  • Blue dCi 150
Turbocharged with electrical actuator for variable nozzle turbine, direct injection 4 1,749 cc
  • 88 kW (120 hp) at 3,500 rpm (Blue dCi 120)
  • 110 kW (150 hp) at 3,500 rpm (Blue dCi 150)
  • 300 N⋅m (221 lb⋅ft) at 1,750 rpm (Blue dCi 120)
  • 340 N⋅m (251 lb⋅ft) at 1,750 rpm (Blue dCi 150)
  • Blue dCi 160 EDC
  • Blue dCi 200 EDC
Turbocharged with electrical actuator for variable nozzle turbine, common rail injection 4 1,997 cc
  • 118 kW (160 hp) at 3,750 rpm (Blue dCi 160 EDC)
  • 147 kW (200 hp) at 3,500 rpm (Blue dCi 200 EDC)
  • 360 N⋅m (266 lb⋅ft) at 1,500 rpm (Blue dCi 160 EDC)
  • 400 N⋅m (295 lb⋅ft) at 1,750 rpm (Blue dCi 200 EDC)
Liquefied petroleum gas engines
2.0 LPeb Liquid injection 4 1,998 cc 103 kW (140 hp) at 6,000 rpm 193 N⋅m (142 lb⋅ft) at 3,700 rpm
  • WLTP-complaint engines introduced in November 2018.
  • a Only used in the European version.
  • b Only used in the South Korean version.


Renault Samsung ordered a recall of 94,069 RS SM6 saloon due to concerns of loose plastic covers on accelerator and brake pedals uncovered in a safety investigation.[26] The company was fined 611 million won (US$530,000) by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport for violating vehicle safety regulations.[26]

Talisman ConceptEdit

Renault Talisman Concept
Production2001 (Concept car)
DesignerPatrick Le Quément
Body and chassis
ClassExecutive car (E)
Body style3-door 2+2 coupé
LayoutFR layout
Engine4.5i V8 32 valves
Length4,800 mm (189.0 in)
Width1,950 mm (76.8 in)
Height1,380 mm (54.3 in)
Curb weight1,600 kg (3,527 lb)

The Renault Talisman is an unrelated concept executive car designed after the 1995 Renault Initiale Paris Concept line by Renault chief designer Patrick Le Quément,[27] and it was presented at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2001. The first sketches were drawn in the beginning of 2000, and first referred as Renault Z12. There were four final 1/5 scale models and a judging team, led by Patrick le Quément, selected this coupé.

The Talisman was designed as a three door 2+2 coupé with four comfortable seats, but with only two gullwing doors and a coupé style ending. It applies the "Touch Design" concept, where the principal objective is to make materials and controls soft and ergonomic. On 20 June 2001, the vehicle was named "Talisman", having previously referred as Renault Z12.

The equipment is formed by LCD screens instead of mirrors, GPS and even a Tag Heuer clock in the middle of the board. The board slides up giving access to a giant glovebox. The seats are coloured of dark red, and the seat belts are fixed in the center of the seat structure and attach at the outer edge, using a bench seat for both the front and rear passengers. The steering wheel, brake and throttle are adjustable for the needs of the driver.

Four massive 380 mm (15.0 in) six pistons disc brakes are in charge of stopping the car. There are also twin metallic suitcases located in the trunk, and fixed to it.

The design of the Talisman was followed by the Mégane IV.


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