Renault India showcased the 2014 Fluence Facelift at the Indian Auto Expo and also announced prices of the car. The car goes on sale in India from today and the prices see a minor correction. While the E2 base variant of the Fluence Facelift diesel is priced at 13.99 lakh rupees, ex-showroom Delhi, the E4 variant comes in at 15.49 lakh rupees.
Renault has dropped prices of the E2 and E4 variants by 23,000 rupees and 32,000 rupees as these variants’ previous prices, as announced at the 2014 Indian Auto Expo, were 14.22 lakh rupees and 15.81 lakh rupees respectively. The lower prices can be attributed to the excise duty reduction, effected by the 2014 Union Budget. The Renault Fluence is now a diesel-only car model, in a move that seems inspired by the Chevrolet Cruze, another diesel-only D-Segmenter.
At the heart of matters is the 1.5 liter K9K turbo diesel engine that outputs 108 Bhp-240 Nm. This engine is paired with a 6 speed manual gearbox that drives the front wheels of the Fluence. With more and more buyers in the D-Segment sedan space opting for automatic gearbox equipped cars, the lack of an automatic Fluence Diesel variant could prove to be a stumbling block for this sedan.
Rated at 20.4 Kmpl, the engine is a solid performer known for its fuel efficiency and longevity. Although the Fluence gets a 1.6 liter turbo diesel engine with higher outputs of 130 Bhp-320 Nm, Renault India has chosen to continue offering the car with the 1.5 liter K9K motor. The reason behind this is the fact that the 1.5 liter K9K turbo diesel engine is produced in India, a factor that will allow for lower costs.
The facelifted Fluence gets a stylistic makeover with a tweaked bumper, new grille, projector headlamps and daytime running LEDs while the alloy wheels see a redesign. The innards of the car feature a new dashboard, revised instrumentation and additional equipment in the form of a satellite navigation module. Click here for the list of features on the E2 and E4 variants of the Fluence Facelift. The car is CKD assembled at the Renault-Nissan production facility in Oragadam, Chennai.