The 2014 Renault Fluence has been launched in India for Rs 13.99 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). The car will be available in two variants, E2 and E4, with the latter being priced at Rs 15.49 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). Dealers had started accepting bookings of the car for a token of Rs 50,000 for a while now and Renault has commenced dispatching cars to the dealerships.
Cosmetically, the Fluence gets a new front fascia, including a new grille, all-new bumpers and headlamps with DRLs, designed along the lines of the other Renault cars like the Koleos. The car also gets new alloy wheels and a redesigned tail lamp assembly. Inside, the Fluence has been updated with a dual-tone soft-touch dashboard and an exhaustive equipment list consisting of a new Arkamys audio system with eight speakers, dual zone climate control, a touch screen infotainment system with integrated navigation system, a digital instrument cluster, electronic parking brake, cruise control, parking sensors, rain sensing wipers and rear A/C vents among others. The safety features include four airbags, ESP and ABS with EBD.
The new car, being a facelift, doesn’t feature any mechanical changes and the new car is based on the same Renault C platform. The car continues to be powered by a 1.5-litre diesel engine produces 108bhp and 240Nm of torque. The engine powers the front wheels through a six-speed manual gearbox.
The new Fluence was unveiled at the 2014 Delhi Auto Expo, last month, and despite revealing the Rs 14.22 lakh price tag, the car wasn’t launched. Since then, Renault has updated the price of the car, which seems to be a direct effect of the Excise Duty cut in the Interim Budget of 2014. The Fluence was always a good looking car, but with the new facelift Renault has managed to outdo itself in the design department and the host of additional equipment make the car an even more attractive option. The Fluence goes up against the likes of Skoda Octavia, Hyundai Elantra, Toyota Corolla Altis and the Volkswagen Jetta in the D-Segment.