Renault’s Fluence is one of those cars which make your heart aflutter at the very first moment your eyes are laid on them. Gifted with rich and classy looking features, this car makes all other vehicles on the road look ordinary as it cruises around, as if almost flaunting its magnificence. This small family car was first introduced in 2009. It is based on the Renault/ Nissan C Platform and its predecessor being the Renault Megane II saloon. The Renault Fluence first hit the Indian roads in 2011 and as of 2012, the Fluence was given some facelifts with a new Renault grille, Xenon headlights and more.
The Renault Fluence has been adorned with a beautiful front grille paired with an embedded logo that oozes sophistication. One of the most striking features of the Renault Fluence is the pair of stylish and streamlined headlamps that unite with the car’s body and give a seamless look. The sturdy looking R16 alloy wheels are not their ‘just to add to the fanciness’ but also give a firm grip on the roads. The bonnet of this car has also been designed with intricate detailing as to tuck in the windscreen wipers, lessen wind noise and improve aerodynamic quality.
When it comes to the interiors of the car, the cabin has been done up in a luxurious natural leather upholstery which clothes a very comfortable and spacious seating design both in the front and at the back. This car also comes with power steering that has the inbuilt tilt and telescopic functions as well. An illuminated glove compartment box is also provided. All the variants come loaded with a CD MP3 player with audio controls that mount the steering wheel.
In terms of comfort and safety, the Renault Fluence comes laden with rain sensing wipers and dusk sensing headlamps. It also has a rear parking aid system which comes in particularly convenient while parking in tight and crammed spots. These features are however not available in all variants. The Renault Fluence has an ABS and also has SRS Airbags provided on both the driver’s and front passenger’s sides.
The car comes in four colours including Glacier White, Pearl Black, Ash Beige and Platinum; and it is available in three variants:
• The Fluence Diesel E2 - a 6 speed Manual transmission that gives out a power of 110 PS @ 4000 rpm and torque of 240 Nm @ 1850 rpm
• The Fluence Diesel E4 - another 6 speed Manual transmission that gives out a power of 110 PS @ 4000 rpm and torque of 240 Nm @ 1850 rpm.
• The Fluence Petrol E4 - an advanced CVT II with 6 speed Manual mode that gives out a power of 137 PS @ 6000 rpm and torque of 190 Nm @ 3700 rpm.
The Diesel E2 and E4 are Direct Injection engines whereas the Petrol E4 is a Spark ignition, Multipoint Injection engine. As per Renault, the diesel engines deliver a fuel efficiency of 20.4 kms/litre and the petrol engine gives a fuel efficiency of 13.4 kms/litre.
The layout of suspension for Fluence is simple but very effective. Renault has managed to fine-tune this quite well and it does soak up all road irregularities, particularly at high speeds. The brakes are ventilated disc in the front and disc in the rear.