The Autocar India Show: Renault Fluence in India

The Autocar India Show: Renault Fluence in India

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well as sample Ramos second innings in the Indian market they're going to be going solo this time around and they have a brave new plan for the Indian market which involves five new cards to be launched in the next year and a half but starting off with Reno's all new image which is bold more luxurious is this new car they're an affluence and this is the one we're going to be test driving today to see what it's like when
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you look at the fluence you realize that this isn't some cutting-edge futuristic restyled car it isn't geometric or plain either what it is is stylish well you can't expect anything else after all it is French the face is easy to remember you take one glance at it and you'll be able to close your eyes and recall exactly how the headlamps sweep up and back all the while the slim grill sits pinned in between them there's a manliness to it just look at the beefy
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veal arches the smooth belt line flows a long way back into the boot follow the long tail lights to the rear and you'll see a high boot that rounds off the fluence is robust but stylish looks it looks like a big car with the tall stance it does have an incredible 170 millimeters of ground clearance and 2703 millimeters of wheelbase is the biggest in the class which means we can expect a lot on the inside when you step inside you will see that Renault has tweaked
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the interiors to make them fresh and appealing the metal strip on the dashboard is new as is the LCD display in the instrument cluster Renault will bring petrol and diesel versions of the fluence though with only one variant for the time being the petrol is more luxury oriented and comes with a preferred beige color for a more upmarket and airy feel the diesel is meant to be more sporty and hence has a darker feel to it however the choice of colors for the interior trim on the diesel also little
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the pointing and some of the plastics just felt plain and dry now the good thing about the fluence is the build quality it really does feel solid and apart from that if you look at the petrol and the diesel variants and you look at the equipment on offer it's really a good amount of kit available the petrol is focused more on the backseat and hence comes with AC vents of the rear Sun blinds on both the rear doors and one even for the rear windscreen it also
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gets leather upholstery a dual zone climate control air conditioning system a better LCD display at the center and better connectivity for your media with USB auxiliary in and Bluetooth connectivity it also gets powered folding mirrors rain sensing wipers rear parking sensors and cruise control the diesel fields Spartan in comparison it has an antiquated connection system for your media it has a manual air-conditioning system and there are no
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air vents or Sun blinds at the rear both cars get the smart card access system and manual adjust for the front seats however the basics are pretty good in both the variants well in the back seat you've got nice seats with excellent cushioning you have lots and lots of knee room what I would like a little bit more off is under thigh support the seats aside just that little bit low and the roofline eats into the Headroom a little bit and of course the window sills feel just a little bit high given that the back seat
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was the main focus for the petrol variant we really weren't expecting anything great from its engine this 2-liter four-cylinder motor develops a healthy 135 bhp and 19kg move tour that sounds ok however all of it is channelized through a CVT transmission before it gets to the wheels so when I got my head around the engine and the six-speed CVT it was nothing like what I expected now this petrol engine and CVT transmission combination has turned out to be a really nice surprise
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now to get the best out of this petrol engine you really will have to rub it hard if you want to drive spotty because it is attached to a CVT gearbox but when you do that you will be pleasantly surprised because it's really very refined it it just doesn't feel strained and normally when you push hardness CVT gearbox you get that you know massive rubber band effect you get some of that here but still this feels very very responsive now if you want to add to the funny on the manual mode just stab it in there and tap down for a gearshift and
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watch as it shifts ratios in a flash it just does add to the fun if you put the pedal to the metal this petrol and CBD combo can get this big sturdy saloon 200 kilometers an hour from standstill in a respectable thirteen point six seconds the engine fields peppy when you get the revs past the two and a half thousand rpm bar then it just works its way up to the red line now if only Rena would offer this engine with a manual transmission as well however at the time of the launch
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the 6-speed CVT transmission is the only option if you want to take it easy you can just leave it in drive mode and whose along and the car and the gearbox just feels relaxed in daily Duty when you expect the petrol engine to deliver 13.4 km/h if you are looking at lower running costs than the diesel-powered fluence is a better bet for you under the hood of the diesel fluence since the familiar one and a half litre common-rail motor
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we have seen it before in the mine for Renault Logan but here it sports a bigger turbo operated injectors and tweak software so this is a different creature it's definitely a far more powerful one as it has 105 bhp and 24.5 kg of Dom so what does it feel like out on the road well the first thing that got my attention can you hear that that's the wine from the turbo that just gives you company throughout your drive on the fluence the
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gravelly node of the engine in the cabin isn't bothersome and after a little while you get used to the turbo whine as well however can the engine smooth things out by delivering solid performance now this diesel engines bottom end isn't its strong point that's for sure below 1500 rpm it just feels very sluggish so we're gonna get past 2,000 rpm that power comes out in sports doesn't have a linear power delivery but having said that it does have a good amount of logging power and the other thing is this six-speed gearbox it really has a
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wealth Showzen set of ratios and shift quality is very nice which means you can trundle around at low speeds sitting around in second gear without really feeling the pinch and then start in 2/6 and cruise down the highway in the stop go traffic of the city the clutch might feel a bit heavy in a straight line the fluence diesel hits hundred kilometers an hour from standstill in no great hurry it takes 14 point 6 seconds though out on the highway I found myself getting more
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and more impressed that the fluencies McPherson strut front suspension and torsion beam setup and the rear on less than perfect roads like this the fluence manages to isolate you from the imperfections the choppiness of the road and even the big bumps it just tends to glide over them it's only the really bad ones that will filter through to the cabin it doesn't ever really feel harsh and the setup was all the more
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impressive because of the way it coped with the high speeds we were doing the suspension also does a very good job of making the fluence feel confident out on the highway it feels very grippy it feels planted so you've been doing triple digit speeds it doesn't unsettle the car the big 16 inch rims with 205 by 60 profile tires were really good and very silent at high speeds to the sense of confidence and enjoyment was heightened all the more by the electric
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steering system the fluency steering is absolutely spot-on at low speeds it feels light and easy and at higher speeds it builds up so in weight it just ends up feeling more meaty and at the same time it's very direct so it's really fun to use mechanically the fluence proved to be very impressive in petrol and diesel guys however Renault is aware that it will take a lot more than that to get Indian buyers to put their money down for the fluence so on
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the safety front Renault has packaged ABS with EBD ESP ASR and dual airbags as standard the petrol version gets two side airbags for the front seats as well Renault is offering a two plus two year 80,000 kilometer warranty and there's a five-year anti-corrosion warranty as well apart from that there's 24 by 7 Road assistance on offer the fluence will be on display in 14 showrooms in 12 cities when it is launched so after German Japanese Korean and
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American cars is it time to try something strange Renault has put a very confident foot forward into the Indian market with their new fluence it's a stylish looking car and on the inside you have a good level equipment it's got excellent space though the interiors I do wish had a bit more upmarket field to take on its rivals mechanically this car is very impressive the suspension is very well sorted excellent ride comfort feels very confident the engines have a good amount of punch the petrol is very impressive it comes with only an automatic
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transmission as of now the diesel is offered only with a menu these cars the pricing will be announced a little later on on the 23rd of this month and from what we've heard they will be priced more towards the value side of the segment from the premium side to undercut its German rivals which means the fluence is pricing should be very attractive and should help it take its competition head-on

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