2013 RENAULT FLUENCE
Renault's small Fluence sedan has been given a makeover for the Australian market this week, picking up revised styling and new features.
The update marks the second styling tweak for the Fluence, following the unveiling of a European-market makeover late last year.
For 2013, Australia's Koleos sedan gets a new grille and re-shaped projector headlights, along with a chrome garnish at the rear and 16- and 17-inch wheel designs.
In the cabin, all models get a new digital instrument cluster, and the entry Dynamique model scores a new audio unit with Bluetooth connectivity, four speakers and two tweeters.
The Privilege model offers a leather interior trim and a new seven-inch full-colour touch display in the dash, with controls for audio, satellite navigation, phone communication and vehicle systems.
Other features in the Privilege include an assisted park brake, rear parking sensors and a reversing camera with guidance display.
A new Bose audio system is featured in the Privilege, with a digital amplifier and nine-inch subwoofer.
Renault's 'Smart Card Key' is now completely hands-free, allowing locking/unlocking with a touch of the door handle, and engine start/stop via a power button in the dash.
As before, all Fluence models feature dual front, side and curtain airbags, along with anti-lock brakes, electronic stability control, front fog lights, auto headlights and wipers, dual-zone automatic climate control, and 60/40 split rear seats.
The Fluence is powered by a 2.0 litre four-cylinder petrol engine delivering 103kW and 195Nm of torque, with fuel consumption listed at 7.8 l/100km on the combined cycle.
The 2.0 litre engine is paired with either a six-speed manual or CVT automatic transmission.
Pricing (excludes on-road costs)
The 2013 Fluence is priced from $23,143 for the manual Dynamique, while the CVT auto adds $2000.
The Privilege, available with a CVT auto only, is priced at $30,298.
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