Following its fallout with M&M, Renault is set to make a fresh start in India with the Fluence sedan, which will be launched in June 2011 at price of around Rs 13-14 lakh. Renault Senior Vice President Stephen Norman revealed the plan at the ongoing 2011 Geneva Auto Show.
However, the Fluence is just the tip of the iceberg with the French car maker planning three more launches in India by early 2013. These include Duster, a 4×4 SUV, and a sedan and hatchback based on the V-platform – the same as the upcoming Nissan Sunny’s. Besides, there’s also news of the Koleos SUV launching sometime during the second half of 2011.
Renault also has a small car planned that will likely launch in 2013-2014 to take on the Maruti Suzuki Alto. Renault’s executive vice president, sales & marketing, Jerome Stoll told Business Standard that the new small car will be different from the one Bajaj is building (and meant to be marketed by Renault).
The Renault Fluence will be the first car from Renault in India – and you can expect the company to aggressively promote the the Renault brand prior to the launch. The Renault Fluence has been caught testing in Chennai a couple of times. On one such occasion, the Fluence was spied with the Renault badge missing and absolutely no camouflaging. We in India saw the Renault Fluence first at the 2010 Auto Expo alongside the Koleos SUV, but then there was no clarification on whether the car would make it to India or not. Read related: Renault Fluence spy photos
The Fluence is built on Nissan’s new ‘C’ platform on which the Micra and X-Trail are also based. Renault may either use a 1.6-litre or 2.0 litre petrol motor besides offering a diesel model with a 1.5 litre, 105 bhp DCi engine – the same frugal unit as on the Mahindra Renault Logan and the Micra Diesel (23 kmpl as per ARAI).
In India, the Renault Fluence will compete with the likes of Skoda Laura and Volkswagen Jetta. It will also be slightly bigger than its rivals, which might make it more appealing to ‘prestige conscious’ buyers, who prefer larger sedans. Here is a photo gallery of the Renault Fluence – you can see that this is a pretty curvaceous, classy looking car from the pics there.
Renault, the French car maker, along with its Japan partner, Nissan, has invested Rs. 5,000 crore in its Indian operations.
Renault Fluence Specifications
|Engine Displacement||1461 cc, Common Rail, Diesel (1.5 DCi)|
|Power||105 hp at 4000 rpm|
|Torque||240 Nm at 2000 rpm|
|Expected Mileage||17 kmpl*|
|Top Speed||185 km/h|
|Tyre Size||205/65 R15 94 H|