The French automaker has officially unveiled the station wagon version of the recently introduced Talisman midsize model, with the Estate set to make its worldwide public debut during the 2015 IAA in Frankfurt.
Design wise we have no surprises, with the lines and styling carefully echoing the sedan model, save for the modifications to the rear to accommodate the different body version. Even the exterior dimensions are the same: length of 4.86 meters, width of 1.87 meters, height of 1.46 meters and a wheelbase of 2.81 meters. The load space grows tremendously though, reaching almost 1,700 dm3. The styling comes with the flagship-grade radiator grille and the full LED headlights and C-shaped LED daytime running lights.
Practicality is enhanced by the powered tailgate which is remotely activated by simply waving with the foot below the rear bumper. Up to the parcel shelf the Estate has 572 liters of cargo space and a maximum load length of 1,116 mm. Cabin space is just as ample as in the saloon and even more – rear headroom has been extended by 30 mm. The front seats have up to 10 adjustable settings, eight of them electric, with four-way electric lumbar adjustment, massaging feature and heating and cooling functions. The Estate will also become available in the more upscale Initiale Paris trim, which comes with a unique Améthyste Black exterior finish, special full-grain Nappa upholstery, better sound deadening and laminated side windows.
Ride is handled by the 4Control system and chassis mated to active damping. The driver has Renault’s Multi-Sense technology at hand – via four pre-programmed setups: Comfort, Sport, Neutral and Eco. There’s also a fully customizable “Perso” feature. Infotainment inside the cabin is handled by the brand’s R-Link 2 connected multimedia tablet, which comes with a 7 inch landscape display or an 8.7-inch portrait format.
Under the hood the same powertrains as in the saloon can be found in the Estate. The two petrol variants are the Energy TCe150 and the Energy TCe 200, mated to a seven-speed dual clutch EDC automatic transmission. On the diesel front, we have the Energy dCi 110 (with six speed manual or dual clutch EDC), the Energy dCi 130 with the same gearboxes and the twin turbo Energy dCi 160 linked to the six-speed dual clutch EDC transmission.