2013 Renault Fluence sedan facelift spotted testing
The Renault Fluence sedan is all set t get a mid career cosmetic facelift come 2013, and the facelifted model has already begun doing in what seems like the testing rounds. The good folks over at CarScoop have managed to snag a few images of the on-test camouflaged Fluence. Minimal camouflage on the test car’s front and rear indicates that the facelift will most likely be a minor one. The front end is expected to get a revamp with revised styling. Expect new headlamps, a different grille and front bumper up front. The rear is expected to see revised tail lamps and a new bumper.
Other changes, if any remain unknown at the moment. Expect the facelifted 2013 Renault Fluence sedan to debut sometime later this year. In India, Renault launched the Fluence sedan in 2011, and the car is sold with two engine variants, a 2 Liter petrol engine a 1.5 Liter K9K turbo diesel engine. The car has been a slow mover in India given the steep pricing and the limited number of features on the diesel variants. The French automaker is also saddled with a small dealer and after sales footprint in India, another contributor to the slow sales of its products.
While Renault does plant to aggressively expand its dealer numbers in the coming months, what with the impending launch of the hotly anticipated Duster SUV, the Fluence needs much more than that. A better pricing strategy is what all of Renault’s existing products in India could do very well with although it seems that the French brand is leaning more on the Duster to bring it the elusive hit in terms of numbers. The rest of the products in the brand’s portfolio, like the Fluence, Pulse and the Koleos, seem more like presence markers and brand builders.
That said, expect the Indian Fluence to also get the facelift following the global launch of the facelifted car. Going into the future, Renault India will launch another brand engineered product in the form of the rebadged and restyled C-segment sedan called the Scala, based on the Nissan Sunny. This car is expected to be launched by the end of this year, rounding off Renault 3 car launches for the year in India, beginning with the Pulse hatchback, followed by the Duster SUV, culminating in the Scala sedan.
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