PARIS -- Renault is aiming to match rivals' quality with its new Talisman midsize car with help from Mercedes-Benz owner Daimler.
The French brand tapped into Daimler's expertise to improve quality on the Talisman, compared with the Laguna and Latitude models it replaces.
The Talisman is a "refined sedan with an assertive design," Renault CEO Carlos Ghosn said at the car's unveiling here on Monday.
Equipped with a wider body than its predecessor and electronic features such as a cockpit-control tablet and parking-assist technology, the sedan's roomier interior is intended to challenge rivals such as the Volkswagen Passat and Ford Mondeo, Ghosn said. "We decided to position this car on a certain number of parameters" to distinguish it from competitors, including making the Talisman "virtually the same" length as the Mondeo, he said.
Renault design chief Laurens van den Acker said the automaker paid close attention to the car's fit and finish as well as its styling. "It was designed for quality," he said.
Renault said the Talisman delivers "intense driving enjoyment" thanks to its center of gravity and driving position that are close to the road and because of technology such as four-wheel steering.
Ghosn said the Talisman had a "big, generous" interior. Its trunk capacity at 608 liters is among the best in its segment, he said. Rear knee room is 262mm, also better than most rival models.
The sedan will have Renault's infotainment and connectivity package including an 8.7-inch portrait format touchscreen for high-end versions. The automaker will offer the Talisman with its Initiale Paris upscale trim level also sold with the Espace large minivan and Clio subcompact.
Buyers will be able to chose from two gasoline and three diesel engines with the most fuel efficient diesel powertrain emitting 95 grams of C02 per km. Renault executives said a hybrid version is possible but no EV variant is planned.