The Renault Fluence was only unveiled back in September 2009, but its youthful history isn’t safe from any early modifications. The French company is already working on a facelift version for the compact sedan, mainly due to the fact that Renault has changed its family identity and most of their models in the process.
As you can see from these spy shots, only the Fluence’s front end has been disguised in its entirety, meaning that that is where we will find the biggest changes. The car’s new front end will get the big Renault symbol in the grille as well as a re-designed front bumper. The headlights will also be redesigned and will be integrated with LED-day-driving lights.
Since the rear end of the vehicle is not entirely camouflaged, we only expect to see small changes. The rear bumper looks as tough it is unchanged, but the fact that the rear lights are camouflaged could mean that they will get some changes in the graphics.
The facelift Renault Fluence will be unveiled by the end of 2012.
UPDATE 09/26/12: If you’re still wondering what’s hiding under that camouflage of what’s supposed to be the new Renault Fluence, wonder no more. Autocosmos.com released a promo video of the new Fluence in all its glory, no less. Check it out by clicking on the photo above!
The last vehicle Renault unveiled was the Fluence Z.E. Concept at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show, but today the French company has finally brought us the final design of the production ready model for us to mull over. Production will begin in the first half of 2011.
The Fluence Z.E. is an entirely electric vehicle powered by a synchronous electric motor with rotor coil that delivers a total of 93 HP 11,000rpm, while maximum torque is 226Nm. The electric motor is recharged using a lithium-ion battery with a capacity of 22kW/h.
The sedan’s design is defined by taut and fluid lines with the Renault logo, foglamp surrounds, and headlamp brows. The design extend to the lower part of the headlamp mask which is painted in a blue-hued color. The Renault Fluence Z.E.’s interior is based on the same layout as the internal combustion-engined version. Only the rev-counter has been replaced by a bespoke instrument panel which displays data concerning the remaining range and battery charge. The decorative trim of the uncluttered dashboard is picked out in a color that is exclusive to the model, while the center console includes the displays "forward", "reverse", "neutral" and "parking" which are the different positions for the transmission control lever.
All-electric cars are coming out of the woodwork, so it really isn’t an ingenius idea to come out with a production model for the Fluence Z.E. We can bet that Renault is kicking themselves for not putting it into production earlier, but they could have been waiting for someone like Daimler to come along. The Daimler/Renault alliance was just announced on April 7, 2010.
Renault wants to prove that electric cars don’t have to be boring at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The automaker’s range of four electric concepts revealed today provide a preview of what we can expect from the French car builder to release starting in 2011.
The Fluence Z.E. Concept is a four-door electric sedan that can travel up to 160 kilometers on a single charge. Renault has incorporated a few interesting charging methods including a 20 minute recharge and the very fast 3 minute quick charge options that will allow you to travel from 4 to 8 hours depending on the power outlet’s voltage.
Fluence ZE Concept is powered exclusively by an electric motor located near the front axle that is powered by a lithium-ion battery positioned between the rear seats and the trunk. The concept rides on 21 inch wheels and the interior features video screens and a triple-zone climate control while LED lights on both the front and rear of the vehicle add to the concept’s Atmosphere Blue body color.
Renault announced today the addition of a new sedan to the current line-up: Fluence - a model that will replace the current Mega ne sedan. The car was first revealed as a concept back in 2004, and will become reality for markets like: Turkey, Russia and Romania.
Depending on the market, the Renault Fluence will be available with a wide range of thrifty engines. Petrol range will include a 1.6-litre 16V engine with 81kW (110hp) and a 2.0-litre petrol making 103kW (140hp), while diesel line-up will include five variants of the 1.5 dCi diesel block: 85hp, 90 hp, 105hp and 110hp. All the engines will be mated to either manual or automatic transmission.
This new, four-door saloon is 4.62 metres long and its size and generous levels of standard equipment place it halfway between the C segment, for compact family cars, and the segment immediately above. Streamlined headlights herald the start of an elegant waist line which sweeps harmoniously along Fluence’s sides to the boot. The surround and chromed grille of the upper air intake embellish the car’s front-end looks with a sporting flourish, while Renault Fluence’s status-enhancing appeal is heightened by its sculptured wheel arches and long bonnet. At the rear, the horizontal, two-part lights allow a generous boot aperture and reinforce the car’s thoroughly modern styling.