Renault will begin selling the Fluence sedan in selected markets from November. The Fluence was first revealed as a concept car five years ago. It will come with two petrol and five diesel engines.

The Renault Fluence Concept was revealed at the 2004 Louis Vuitton Car Elegance Classic in England as well as the 2004 Paris Motor Show. Renault has now confirmed that it will produce the car and start selling it in Turkey, Russia and Romania from this November.

The Fluence is 4.62 metres long, 1.81m wide and 1.48m high. It has a wheelbase of 2.7m. The rear seat has a 60/40 split capability while the interior provides some 23 litres of stowage space. Renault claims the car has more passenger space than its nearest rivals.

Seven engines will be supplied initially. The two petrols are a 1.6-litre 16V engine with 81kW (110hp). It is mated to either a manual or an automatic transmission. The 2.0-litre petrol making 103kW (140hp) can be coupled with a manual or a CVT transmission.

There are five diesels to choose from, all based on the 1.5dCi engine. The lowest of them has 63kW (85hp) under its belt, followed by a 66kW (90hp) with a diesel particle filter, then a 77kW (105hp), a 81kW (110hp) also with a DPF, plus the same version with a dual clutch transmission. All the diesels are rated at 119g/km in terms of C02 emissions.

Safety is taken seriously at Renault and as such they have fitted the Fluence with ABS, six airbags, electronic stability control and emergency brake assist among others.

The interior features the Carminat Tomtom navigation system at less than €500, an MP3/ CD player/ radio unit, Bluetooth connectivity and air conditioning.

There are no plans at this time to sell the Fluence in the UK.


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