NEW Renault Fluence was unveiled at the Istanbul Motor Show, November 2-11. The modern styling and on-board technologies of this three-volume saloon car, which is poised to continue the model’s international career, have been designed to match the needs of its customers as closely as possible, Renault said. The model will go on sale in January 2013 in Turkey, where it is produced, and will be launched in more than 55 other countries in the course of next year.
New Renault Fluence features the same front end as that of the brand’s other new models, with a vertically-set logo at the centre of a broad black strip picked out by chrome beading which provides the car with a dynamic stance. The LED daytime running lights and chrome/gloss black inserts also contribute to the newcomer’s modern appeal. The design of the interior is also more modern, including digital instrumentation for all versions. The cabin is as roomy as ever and has been enhanced by the use of new upholsteries for segment-topping comfort.
The new 1.6 16V 115 engine drives through the new-generation X-Tronic CVT automatic transmission to combine a seamless, jar-free ride with sprightly driving pleasure, as well as a significant reduction in fuel consumption which is down by 1.3 litres/100km to 6.4 litres/100km, while CO2 emissions are down 15 percent to 149g/km.
Along with the previously available diesel dCi 110 EDC (Efficient Dual Clutch) engine, New Renault Fluence can be specified with petrol or diesel power mated with advanced automatic transmission. The diesel range has been extended to include the new dCi 130 engine (depending on market) which has already been widely acclaimed for its performance and the driving enjoyment it delivers. This 1.6-litre diesel engine is powerful yet its fuel consumption has been reduced to just 4.6 litres/100km, equivalent to 119g of CO2/km.
New Renault Fluence comes with numerous driver-aid technologies, including hand-free card with remote central locking, front and rear parking sensors, automatic parking brake, etc. From the basic equipment level up, all versions are ‘connected’ thanks to the availability of new Bluetooth radios equipped with USB and jack sockets.