2020 Renault Talisman Getting A Mild Mid-Life Makeover

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.

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Photo Credits: CarPix & S. Baldauf/SB-Medien for CarScoops

  • Jason Panamera

    Improve the build quality and realiability and it’d be really good car.

    • StrangerGP

      Yep, Talisman is more expensive than Laguna III was (I know it’s a little bigger), but the poor reliability stayed the same.

      • Jason Panamera

        Laguna III with proper engine isn’t so problematic car, especially when it is pretty cheap to repair comparing to Passat B8. Talisman had few problems on the early stage of it’s lifecycle. I hope this facelift will remove them ( electronics, suspension and one engine, don’t remember which one).

      • Aeromann

        Laguna3 is reliable, Laguna2 isn’t.

    • Jp

      Which reliability issues does the Talisman suffer from?

      • Jason Panamera

        Hands-free system doesn’t work well during cold or rainy days, radio sometimes looses it’s signal for all stations( mechanics can’t remove these issues but told me that it’s not first car with such problems). Little rattles and cracks in the cabin in corners and there are some small issues with electronics.

  • charlotteharry57

    I had no idea that Renault had an offering in this segment. The only reason why I care, here in the US, is that IF a merger between Renault-Nissan and FCA comes to pass, this might be on its way here, either in Renault form or under an FCA nameplate. Interesting to read the comments below about still-iffy reliability. The French, like the Italians, seem to have gotten stuck in the reliability muck 50 years ago and are still spinning their wheels in it, ahem.

  • Eddy

    I have no idea why every time there is a Renault, people start talking about reliability, especial those who can’t even drive them because they aren’t available on that continent. For 16 years I’m owning Renault cars, weird that I never had a single problem with one of them. They only saw the service when they needed oil change, brake change, etc. I’m not saying they are perfect, but it’s an old myth that “if it’s French it’s unreliable”, go and own a Renault, don’t make judgements based on others comments.

    • Loquacious Borborygmus

      Hey c’mon! The stereotype is one of the major weapons in the arsenal of the keyboard warrior.

      …weird that I never had a single problem with one of them.
      Yes! That IS strange! 😉

    • Jp

      Reliability was desastrous in the early 2000s (Vel Satis, Laguna II, Espace IV and Avantime suffered terrible electronic problems back then). But you are right saying that these issues have been fixed. I suppose the image of reliability problems stick to a brand’s name for a while, unfortunately.

  • Aeromann

    This Talisman is a good car, nice looking.
    But we miss a real engine inside!

    French carmakers are only working on small engines, that’s pity.

  • Androuffle

    According to the logo shape, it’s more likely a Samsung Motors SM6 than a Renault Talisman (basically the same car I agree).

  • TB Creative

    Um…can you say, “2011-2015 Kia Optima?!” Geez they’re nearly identical, except for the Optima’s sharper front end and the C pillar windows that are like the current model!

  • Matthew Raworth

    Renault should really consider bringing this and the Espace to the UK.

  • Maisch

    According to warranty statistics from an insurance company here in sweden Renault had less claims per car than any other european or american car. Of course the top brands were either korean or japanese as ususal. Reality can sometimes look different than internet comment field wisdom. The really good renaults are from megane 3 platform and onwards, they do also have among the best rust protection you can buy according to tests, which is always nice to have.

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