We loved the Fluence’s fresh, unconventional design when it first arrived in India. The elegantly avant-garde car managed to impress many, but unfortunately didn’t sell too well. Cut to circa 2014, Renault isn’t as new to the market anymore. It has tasted fantastic success with its Duster compact SUV, and knows the market a lot better. The new 2014 Renault Fluence facelift, as the product and marketing team at Renault told us has been built with the Indian customer’s preferences in mind. So have the French really decoded the sub-D segment success formula with the new car? Let’s find out together.
The new 2014 Renault Fluence is essentially a facelift, which means the basic lines and proportions of the car remain unchanged. With a car as tastefully designed as Fluence, that wouldn’t ever be a bad thing. The car looks wide and squat when look upon front on, or from behind. It doesn’t have any sharp creases or overly tight lines to project belligerence blatantly. Yet, with its wide shoulder line, slim, horizontally themed grille, headlamps and tail-lamps is very tastefully exudes a sense of sportiness.
In its newest avatar, the Fluence gets a new front grille, with the big Renault logo positioned over a glossy black frame, and is flanked by two elegant, horizontally positioned chrome bars. Another impactful, and easily noticeable change to the face of the car is the inclusion of the new parallelogram shaped fog lamp housings lined with chrome, incorporating beautifully designed daytime running LEDs.
Headlamps are new too, and not just are the new light units more elongated and sharper, they also feature new chrome ‘eyelashes’ within the top portion of the glass housing. The halogen projector lamp offers great visibility in the dark too.
The biggest change in profile is the inclusion on new design 16 inch Kaleido alloy wheels. The design of the new 10 spoke wheels is in complete harmony with the overall design and adds to the elegant, understated appeal of the car. Apart from the alloys, nothing much has changed. The chrome lining on the window sills and the aluminium finish handles endow the Fluence with a premium look.
The exterior styling has always been one of its biggest USPs for the Fluence, and with the changes incorporated it looks even better. We love the new grille on this car, and with its balanced proportions and classy lines, we would think of someone who’s bought it as a man with a fine taste.