Thursday, December 22, 2011
Renault Fluence diesel range is now being offered as a new, up-market trim called the E4. All diesel-engine versions return CO2 emissions of 119g/km and qualify for the Renault eco² environmental hallmark. Now, there are quite a few exciting new features in the diesel variant that the consumers can look forward to.
From overseeing Renault's pricing strategy, it seems Renault is trying to boost the sale of its diesel variant by keeping a lower price tag of the diesel version. Although, the pricing strategy was sound, consumers fled to rivals because they were offering more features. Rectifying the error, Renault India has launched a ‘loaded’ variant of the Fluence diesel called the E4.
Renault Fluence Diesel is powered by 1.5 Litre dCi CRDI Diesel engine which produces 105 Bhp of power and 240 of torque. Fluence Diesel can accelerate from 0 to 100 KPMH in 14.6 sec and it features a 6 speed manual transmission. Renault Fluence Diesel gives an impressive mileage of 21.84 KMPL.
With all these new features, a price hike is inevitable. Fluence Diesel E4 price has gone up by Rs 1.4 lakhs. The Fluence diesel E4 sales have already commenced and its priced at Rs 15.12 lakh (ex-showroom, Mumbai), which is Rs 1.5 lakh dearer than the base E2 variant which costs Rs 13.63 lakh for the Manual transmission. The Fluence Petrol E4 Automatic costs around Rs 15.12 lakh.
However the Hyundai has wide after sales service and due to mass production, service costs will be low. Renault is still new entrant and they are yet to appoint service centres. The Hyundai Verna top end diesel is loaded with all the goodies and it’s the cheapest diesel automatic car in India. So best of the two is the Hyundai Verna Fluidic. One can also look at other options like the Maruti SX4, Honda City and the Fiat Linea.