Refreshed Fluence is now on sale
The big French saloon bears the new family look, brings along more kit, and is only available in diesel guise
After the revised Koleos, here's Renault's second facelift for 2014 - the refreshed Fluence. In essence, it is the same car as before. That's certainly not a bad thing, because it won our Saloon of the Year award in 2011, but now, it sports the fresh new family face, with that generously-sized Renault lozenge taking pride of place on the nose.
That aside, the freshened-up Fluence gets projector headlamps, LED daytime-running lights and new 16-inch alloys as standard. Inside, there's an Arkamys 3D surround sound system with Bluetooth, USB and Aux-in connectivity, dual-zone climate control and leather seats. However, these are features that are only fitted as standard to the range-topping E4 variant.
The base E2 misses out on all features mentioned above, as well as side airbags, ESP, electric-folding door mirrors, "dusk-sensing" headlamps, rain-sensing wipers, electrochromatic inside rear view mirror, front parking sensors, rear AC vents, rear sunblinds, and some chrome embellishments on the inside and out.
Just a single engine is available on the refreshed Fluence, and it is the trusty old 1.5-litre dCi diesel motor that makes 108.5bhp and 240Nm of torque, and sends it to front wheels through a six-speed manual gearbox. You can't have a Fluence that sips petrol, not for the time being at least.
The Fluence E2 is priced at Rs 13.98 lakh, while the fully-loaded E4 costs Rs 15.49 lakh (ex-showroom, Mumbai).