New Renault Fluence models are now available in South Africa and come in the form of the revitalised Expression and new phase Dynamique, fresh from their international debut at the 2012 Istanbul Motor Show.
Fresh styling for new Renault FluenceEngine Capability
The new Renault Fluence Expression is equipped with a 1.6-litre engine which produces 82kW at 6000 rpm and 151Nm of torque at 4250 rpm. The engine is mated to a five speed manual transmission and is capable of accelerating from zero to 100km.h in 11.5 seconds before reaching a top speed of 185km/h. Fuel consumption is rated at 6.8-litres/100km in the combined cycle with CO2 emissions of 155 g/km.
Under the hood of the new Renault Fluence Dynamique is a 2.0-lire 16V engine producing 103kW at 600 rpm and a torque figure of 195Nm at 3750 rpm. With its six speed manual gearbox, acceleration from 0-100km/h takes 9.9 seconds reaching a top speed of 200km/h. Combined cycle consumption is rated at 7.9 litres/100km and a Euro 4-compliant CO2 emissions of 182g/km.
Exterior Design Features
The front-end of the new Renault Fluence is inspired from the brand’s design renaissance, the focal point being the prominent Renault diamond shaped badge set vertically against a gloss black background. The model’s curvier lines and full surfaces ensure a more dynamic, assertive stance while chrome strips on either side of the badge underscore its status-enhancing look.
The bumper is now bolder with large lower air intakes that broaden towards the base. The fog lights are set against a gloss black surround and give the front a sporty touch, while the wheel arch openings provide the new Renault Fluence with an even more dynamic allure.
Interior Design Features
The interior dashboard panel incorporates a large round LCD screen with main functions that include a digital speed display and the visual component of the parking assistant function. The LCD screen also features white segments around the circumference which indicate the cruise control and the speed limiter systems’ settings. In the centre of the dashboard, the large 18cm touch screen emphasises the high-tech ambience of the interior providing the driver easy and safe connectivity to the navigation system and entertainment system.
Quality Technology Features
The new Renault Fluence Expression boasts high value features and equipment level advantages as standard. These features include: dual zone fully automatic climate control air-con, Bluetooth radio, MP3 compatible CD player, steering wheel controls, cruise control/speed limiter, rear parking distance control, automatic speed windscreen wipers with rain sensor, class leading boot capacity, front and rear curtain airbags, front fog lamps, Renault hands-free key card (entry/start/lock/) and leather steering wheel/gear knob.
The Fluence Dynamique is also equipped with high value features and equipment levels some of which outclass competitor models in its segment. These include Electronic Stability Control, LED daytime running lights, front and rear park distance control, and lumbar setting on driver’s seat and connectivity to a host of applications such as Tom-Tom navigation, 3D Sound by Arkamys, MP3 compatible CD player, and Bluetooth.
Optimum levels of protection systems for the new Renault Fluence include ABS braking, EBA and EBD, while Electronic Stability Control (ESP) is standard on the Dynamique. Front driver/passenger airbags, side bags and curtain units, as well as anti-whiplash height-adjustable front headrests are standard. The safety belt is fitted with a double pre-tensioner in the front seats and load limiter in the rear, while the two rear side seats are fitted with an ISOFIX fastening system. Automatic central locking of all doors and the boot occurs when the car pulls away.
New Renault Fluence – PriceView the New Renault Fluence
|Renault Fluence Expression 1.6-litre 16V||R214 900|
|Renault Fluence Dynamique 2.0-litre 16V||R249 900|