Renault Talisman

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Renault Talisman
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2018 Renault Talisman S-Edition at the 2018 Paris Motor Show
Also calledRenault Samsung SM6
Production2015–present (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 CMF platform (CMF-CD)
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 Renault Talisman is a large family car manufactured by the French car manufacturer Renault.[2] It is marketed in South Korea as the Renault Samsung SM6.

Renault executives stated that, like the new Espace V crossover, it will not be engineered for markets with LHT, such as the United Kingdom, Ireland, Malta, Cyprus, Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Australia and New Zealand, due to the decline in the traditional saloon market.


The saloon version of the Talisman was first unveiled on 6 July 2015, at the Château de Chantilly by Renault's CEO Carlos Ghosn,[3] 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).[4][5]

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 Talisman Grandtour
Renault Samsung SM6

Design and technical details[edit]

The Talisman is slightly larger than the Laguna,[3] with a lower centre of gravity.[6] Renault focused on design, equipment and comfort with the aim of regaining market share in the large family car segment.[3] Daimler personnel visited the car manufacturing site at Douai, and gave input on quality control and perceived quality.[6]

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.[8]

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.[9]

Euro NCAP test results
Renault Talisman (2015)
Test Points %
Overall: 5 /5 stars
Adult occupant: 32.9 86%
Child occupant: 41.4 84%
Pedestrian: 24.7 68%
Safety assist: 10 76%

The car had originally five trim levels for Europe (Life, Zen, Business, Intens, and Initiale Paris).[10] 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.[11]

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.[12] In 2018, Renault Samsung introduced a minor facelift for the South Korean market, with some exterior changes, interior equipment updates and a new colouring option.[13]

The car has a four wheel steering system (called 4Control)[7] which is not available in the South Korean version.[14] 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.[15]

As an optional, the Talisman has a new infotainment system with an 8.7 inch touchscreen[6][7] introduced in the fifth generation Espace, called R-Link 2[10] (S-Link in South Korea).[16] The equipment also include adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, traffic sign detection with excess speed warning and blind spot alert.[10]

The car scored a five star rating at the tests for Euro NCAP in 2015.[17]

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).[16][18] Suspension is made of Pseudo MacPherson struts on front and a semi rigid axle on rear,[18] with an optional active suspension system.[19] Brakes are discs on both axles.[18]


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 for the South Korean market only.[16][18] In August 2016, a diesel version was introduced for the market in South Korea.[20]

Engine Type C. Displacement Power Torque
Petrol engines
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 Turbo direct injection 4 1,798 cc 165 kW (224 hp) at 5,600 rpm 300 N⋅m (221 lb⋅ft) at 1,750 rpm
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
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
  • a Only used in the European version.
  • b Only used in the South Korean version.


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 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.[21] The company was fined 611 million won (US$530,000) by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport for violating vehicle safety regulations.[21]

Talisman Concept[edit]

Renault Talisman Concept
Production2001 (Concept car)
DesignerPatrick le Quément
Body and chassis
ClassExecutive car (E)
Body style3-door 2+2 coupé
LayoutFR layout
RelatedRenault Initiale
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 a concept executive car designed after the 1995 Renault Initiale Concept line by Renault chief designer Patrick le Quément, 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 curiously, the seat belts are fixed at the opposite side of every car; in the left for the right seat and in the right for the left one.

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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