The French brand has intensified testing of the subtly updated 2020 Talisman, with our photographers nabbing another prototype of the sedan version out in the open. It shouldn’t be long before we catch the Estate model too, which should be presented at the same time before the year’s end. (Updated 4/9/2019)
Renault launched the Talisman in sedan form initially back in 2015, based on the same CMF-CD platform co-developed alongside Nissan that’s also used by the Espace MPV.
Unlike its predecessor the Laguna, the Talisman doesn’t come as a 5-door hatchback. It also has a lower center of gravity, and with a wheelbase measuring 2,810 mm (110.6 inches) and a total length of 4,850 mm (190.9 inches), it’s noticeably larger than the latest-gen European VW Passat.
Small but necessary changes
While these spy images aren’t particularly revealing, we can still spot one or two visual changes. For example the headlights – which appear to be thinner and more protruding compared to before. We can also expect new light graphics, both in front and at the rear. Overall though, the aesthetic of the Talisman should remain the same.
The interior, while not visible here, will undoubtedly receive an updated infotainment system, and possibly some new upholstery colors too. As for the engine range, it remains to be seen if Renault will in any way alter the current crop of turbocharged petrol and diesel units.
We expect the French automaker to unveil the updated Talisman sedan and estate models in the coming months, possibly at the Frankfurt Motor Show this fall. Once in showrooms, it will continue to serve as an alternative to other popular European D-segment cars, like the previously-mentioned VW Passat, as well as the Ford Mondeo, Mazda6, Opel/Vauxhall Insignia, Peugeot 508 and Skoda Superb.