Renault Fluence facelift revealed, coming to India next year

Fans of the Renault Fluence will be happy to know that the car has a new and better looking face and will be introduced in the Indian market next year. Last week, Renault officially unveiled the new look of the Fluence ahead of the Istanbul Motor show.

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The Renault Fluence gets a new front grille design, with the Renault badge dominating it. The grille extends all the way to the sides to join the headlamps, which have also been spruced up, although dimensionally they are the same. The front bumper is also all new, and the fog lamp housing also gets a strip of LED daytime running lamps. Also see: Renault Fluence diesel review

The design styling on the front of the Fluence is part of Renault’s new family design language that started off with the Clio and Zoe concept. At the rear, the car largely looks the same, except for a tweaked bumper and mildy refreshed rear tail-lamps. There is also a chunky piece of cladding extending from the lower portion of the door that serves two purposes – making it look sportier and adding a bit of protection to the car. The alloy-wheel design too is new.

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Internationally, there is a choice of two new engines – one petrol and one diesel, but in India the same petrol and diesel engine choices are likely to continue. The Fluence is powered by a 1.5 litre diesel engine that puts out 110 bhp of power with a six-speed manual transmission and the petrol Fluence has a 2 litre engine that puts out 135 bhp of power with a CVT automatic transmission. Also read: Renault Fluence petrol road test

On the interiors the car hasn’t got anything new other than new upholstery choices – which will probably be offered only on the base E2 variant, as the E4 has leather upholstery.  There’s also an updated infotainment system, which may or may not make it to the Indian production version. Also read: Renault Fluence facelift for India in 2013

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Renault hasn’t been having a good run of luck with the Fluence in the European market. The Fluence is one model that has been foundering in Germany, selling only about 115 units since January, considering Germany is a market where Renault sells over 100,000 cars annually. Another larger Renault sedan, the Latitude also has not been doing too well. In India, though Renault’s fortunes are looking up after the launch of the Duster, which has been selling extremely well, beating the Mahindra Scorpio last month. The Fluence, however, continues to sell only about 200-250 units on average a month. Perhaps a mid-life facelift will give it a boost.

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