Expert Review of Renault Fluence
Renault India has launched the updated version of its premium sedan Renault Fluence in the Indian car market. The company has modified its exteriors as well as interiors. This Renault Fluence E4 D is a high end variant in its model lineup. The company has not made any changes in its engine and it comes with same 1.5-litre diesel engine, which is coupled with a six speed manual transmission gear box. The braking and suspension mechanism of this vehicle is quite advanced and it keeps it well balanced. The front and rear wheels are equipped with ventilated disc and drum brakes respectively. Meanwhile, the front axle of this sedan is assembled with a McPherson strut and the rear is fitted with trailing arm type of suspension system. The luxurious internal cabin of this sedan gets new infotainment system with satellite navigation system and R-ink infotainment module. Then the spacious cabin is incorporated with leather upholstered seats, which are quite comfortable and provides ample leg and head room for all the passengers. This sedan is bestowed with quite a few crucial protective aspects. These features are SRS airbag for driver and co-passenger, seat belts with pretensioner along with force limiters, central locking system, keyless entry, ESP (electronic stability program) and so on. It has an advanced immobilizer along with engine and transmission guard as well. Not only this, the exterior appearance of this vehicle is designed with a new chrome garnished radiator grille along with a prominent company emblem affixed in the center, a re-styled body colored bumper along with fog lamps and air dam, a brand new set of alloy wheels and other aspects, which gives the car an impressive appearance.
Mileage and Fuel Economy
This sedan is fitted with a DOHC based diesel engine, which allows the sedan to deliver about 20.04 Kmpl on the expressways. At the same time, when this vehicle is driven in the city limits, it gives close to 17.2 Kmpl. This power plant is incorporated with a common rail based direct injection fuel supply system.
The company is selling this charming luxurious sedan in four sparkling colors, which are Ash Beige, Glacier White, Platinum finish option and Pearl Black for the customers to select from.
Acceleration and Pick up
This variant is equipped with a 1.5-litre diesel engine, which comes with a displacement capacity of 1461cc. This power plant has the ability to propel it from 0-100 Kmph in only about 15 seconds, which is rather remarkable. On the other hand, this diesel mill is mated with a six speed manual transmission gearbox and can obtain a top speed of 180 Kmph.
The company has updated its exterior appearance and now this sedan looks more refreshing and stylish. Starting from the rear end of this vehicle, it comes fitted with a chrome garnished boot lid along with a well designed tail light cluster. The body colored bumper is incorporated with a couple of fog lamps as well. A wide windscreen is fitted with an electric defogger and a high mounted stop lamp, which adds to the safety aspects of the vehicle. The side profile is neatly designed and the new set of alloy wheels further enhances its look. It is fitted with silver plated door handles and body colored external rear view mirrors. These OVRMs are integrated with turn signal indicator and they are power adjustable along with a temperature sensor. The frontage of this sedan is designed with a chrome garnished modified radiator grille, which is fitted with a company badge in the center. The newly designed headlight cluster is powered by halogen lamp, turn indicator and day time running light as well. The bumper of this facelifted version is re-designed and it is painted in body color. The lower grille is fitted in the center of the bumper for cooling the engine and it comes with a couple of round shaped clear lens fog lamps.
This 2014 Renault Fluence E4 D is the high end variant and is incorporated with a number of sophisticated features, which gives the passengers a luxurious feel. The company has given this trim an advanced music system, which enhances the ambiance of the entire cabin. It is fitted with quite a few functions such as USB interface, Aux-in port, a digital socket and Bluetooth connectivity. For the comfort of the occupants, it has an air conditioning system with dual zone automatic climate control function. It is equipped with rear AC vents also that helps in cooling the spacious cabin quickly. The multi functional steering wheel of this sedan is integrated with audio and cell phone control buttons for the convenience of the driver. In addition, it is also blessed with an electro-chromic rear view mirror, cruise control along with speed limiter function, rear parking sensors, remote lighting and many other such aspects.
The car manufacturer has given this spacious sedan a 530 litre luggage compartment and a 67 litre fuel tank as well. It comes with an overall length of 4618mm, a total width of 1813mm and a height of 1488mm. It is designed with a minimum ground clearance of 168mm and a large wheelbase of 2703mm.
This Renault Fluence E4 D trim is fitted with a 1.5-litre diesel engine, which can produce 1497cc of displacement capacity. It is skilfully mated with a six speed manual transmission gearbox. This power plant can churn out 108.5bhp at 4000rpm along with a maximum torque output of 240Nm at 1850rpm.
The flared up wheel arches of this vehicle are fitted with a new set of 16 inch alloy wheels, which are further covered with 205/60 R16 sized tubeless radial tyres.
The front axle is assembled with McPherson strut with coil spring for its front axle, while the rear gets a trailing arm with similar coil spring type of mechanism. This suspension system is further accompanied by a stabilizer bar and double acting shock absorbers. It is also equipped with an ESP (electronic stability program) for further enhancing the suspension mechanism.
Handling and Control
The braking system of this variant is enhanced by ABS along with EBD and brake assist. The anti slip regulation system is capable to manage this sedan on slippery roads. The front and rear wheels are fitted with disc brakes. It comes fitted with an electronic power steering system, which makes it easy to handle.
Powerful engine, good safety aspects.