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by Brett Davis

Renault has released an all-new small to medium-sized sedan to rival the likes of Holden’s Cruze. The new car was designed to offer comfort, space and European personality all at a reasonable price.

Renault is hoping the new car will extend the brand’s appeal by adding more variety to its lineup, offering three different trim levels, all with a 2.0-litre four cylinder petrol engine developing 103kW of power and 195Nm of torque.

The engine was developed to pass Euro 4 emission standards, which it does by using just 7.8 litres of fuel per 100km, on average. The engine can also be matched to a CVT automatic transmission which further improves the car’s economy.

Inside, the car gets a typically French-designed interior with seating for five. There’s plenty of silver accents and highlights throughout, with an option for leather upholstery. It also offers a huge 530-litre boot capacity, which is claimed to be the largest in its class.

For safety, the Fluence gets six airbags, anti-lock brakes – with electronic brake force distribution, electronic stability control – with ‘understeer control’, and emergency brake assist with automatic hazard light activation.

The car also features some handy in-car technology, such as Bluetooth connectivity, MP3/USB compatible stereo, Renault hands-free smart card key, 16 inch alloys (17 inch for the Privilege), and climate control air-conditioning with rear vents.

The all-new Renault Fluence is available right now at the following prices:

Renault Fluence Dynamique (manual) $22,990
Renault Fluence Dynamique CVT (auto) $24,990
Renault Fluence Privilege CVT (auto) $29,990

Renault is also offering the Dynamique manual at a driveaway price of $25,990.




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