The French automaker Renault has officially unveiled the Fluence facelift, ahead of the sedan’s debut tomorrow at the 2012 edition of the Istanbul Motor Show. While the version designed for the Mexican market has borrowed styling cues from the Korean Samsung SM3, the European-spec version has adopted some of the design ideas seen on the recently introduced fourth-gen Clio.
We notice the new look of the front bumper that has built-in LED DRLs (mandatory in the European Union), while at the back a bit of work has been put to redesign the tail clamp clusters. Additional alloys are part of the package as well.
Moving inside the cabin of the 2013 Renault Fluence, there’s new digital instrumentation, Bluetooth audio systems, new upholstery options, while the more expensive variants come fitted with the Renault R-Link multimedia system that offers support for voice commands and comes with a touchscreen display.
A novelty under the hood is the 1.6-liter 115 PS gasoline engine which is connected to a new X-Tronic CVT automatic gearbox that lowers fuel consumption by 1.3 liters / 100 km to just 6.4 liters / 100 km, while CO2 emissions have also been reduced by 15 percent to 149 g/km. Aside from this new power unit, the 2013 Fluence is offered with the dCi 110 PS EDC and a new dCi 130 PS that consumes 5.6 liters / 100 km and has CO2 emissions of only 119 g/km.