Renault will likely launch the Fluence facelift in the Indian market by 2013 and has already started testing the new model in Romania. The new model will see an official unveiling at the 2012 Paris Motor Show.
The changes will be purely cosmetic with no changes to the mechanicals. The new Fluence will get a fresh front end with a tweaked front grille, bumper, LED daytime running lamps and differently styled headlamps.
There will be minor changes at the rear too. These will likely be limited to the tail lamps and the boot design. On the inside too, the Fluence will see some mild changes. The Fluence is available in three variants at present: the E2 (Diesel) priced at Rs. 12.99 lakh, the E4 (Diesel) priced at Rs. 15.20 lakh and the E4 (Petrol) priced at Rs. 14.40 lakh. The facelifted Fluence will likely be priced similarly with no or a very minor change in price. Also read: Renault Fluence 2.0 CVT video review
The diesel Fluence is powered by a 1,461 cc diesel engine that makes 108 bhp of power and 240 Nm of torque and is mated to a 6 speed manual transmission. The Petrol Fluence sports a 1,997 cc engine mated to a 6 speed, CVT transmission that makes 135 bhp of power and 190 Nm of torque. The Fluence comes equipped with features like ABS, EBD, ESP and 4 Airbags as standard across variants. With a mileage of 14 kmpl for the petrol model and 22 kmpl for the diesel model it is also reasonably fuel efficient for car in this segment.
Renault had also launched a Fluence diesel ‘Advantage Edition’ variant at Rs. 11.99 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) which is essentially the Fluence E2 diesel base variant back in April. Read more: Renault Fluence diesel ‘Advantage Edition’ launched at Rs.11.99 lakh!
The advantage edition was priced lower than the E4D variant, but lacked features (rain sensing wipers, chrome interiors, leather upholstery, dual zone automatic climate control, rear AC vents, rear parking sensors, cruise control & speed limiter, electrically foldable ORVMs, Bluetooth, USB port, side chest level airbags) offered in the E4D variant. Do you think the face lift will help Renault attract more buyers towards the Fluence? Leave your views in the comments section below.