Renault India is laughing to bank due to the tremendous success its recently launched Duster Compact SUV has attained. Renault India also sells the Pulse hatchback, Scala sedan and Fluence D segmenter in Indian car market. Renault India has big plans and will be seen launching many more products in our market. The car maker recently unveiled the Fluence facelift which will be showcased in Istanbul today.
The Fluence hasn’t really been a success in India and it has now emerged that the Indian subsidiary of the European carmaker plans to bring the facelift in the second half of this year. This means that the facelift will be here just 2 years after the car made an entry into our rapidly emerging car market.
The Fluence facelift gets a new front fascia with a wider grille that runs between the headlamps and houses the Renault lozenge. The car also gets a new bumper which looks more upmarket and houses LED daytime running lights.
The interiors too get some revision with the car getting a new digital instrumentation, a new audio system and richer upholstery. The equipment list of the car gets longer with the addition of hands free phone controls, front and rear parking sensors and automatic parking brake.
The car also gets a touchscreen interface for telephony, navigation and audio.
Engine options for the Renault Fluence facelift include a new 115bhp 1.6 litre petrol engine mated to a new X-Tronic CVT auto transmission.
Other option on offer are the tried and tested 110 bhp 1.5 K9K diesel motor, and a new 130bhp 1.6 litre dCi engine. The new diesel engine has a claimed fuel efficiency figure of 21.73 kmpl.
It remains to be seen if a new face is sufficient for the Renault sedan’s fortune in our market.