All-New Renault Fluence Rendered with Megane Cues

We've recently read a report saying that the all-new Megane has secretly entered production at the Palencia Plant in Spain. It's the same factory that assembles the Captur and became the adoptive home of the compact hatch a while ago.
2017 Renault Fluence Rendering 1 photo
Photo: Theophilus Chin
Because we don't particularly love the Kadjar, reviews of which have been somewhat mixed, we expect that the Megane 4 will be the car that turns Renault's corporate image for the better. After an unimaginative Mk3 model, the French have come out with all guns blazing and installed class-leading features.

While technology is a big part of the 2016 Megane's appeal, it's all wrapped up in a pretty package that makes the Golf 7 look like a toaster.

As you all know, the Megane sedan was replaced by the Fluence bespoke model in 2009. We suspect the design-led transformation of the Renault brand will also rub off on this "upper-medium model."

Right now, lots of European companies are launching cheap, spacious sedans. So Renault will probably throw everything except the kitchen sink at this project. Here are a couple of renderings that may give you a good idea about what the new Fluence may look like.

Theophilus Chin created them with a budget-minded attitude and plenty of design elements from the Megane. Are LED headlights too much to ask in this segment? Nope, a discreet update gave the SEAT Toledo that feature.

And how about a performance model? Well, we might not get a Fluence RS model, but we won't need it if they drop the Megane GT powertrain. It combines a 205 horsepower 1.6-liter turbo with a twin-clutch gearbox to make a warm hatch that won't set your pants on fire yet will gently boil them to persevere the flavor.

Of course, the majority of Renault Fluence buyers want diesel engines like the 1.5 and 1.6 dCi. However, the French carmaker has made huge advancements with its more efficient downsized gasoline engines so that the Fluence will work with something like a 1.2 TCe rated at 100 and 130 hp.
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Mihnea's favorite cars have already been built, the so-called modern classics from the '80s and '90s. He also loves local car culture from all over the world, so don't be surprised to see him getting excited about weird Japanese imports, low-rider VWs out of Germany, replicas from Russia or LS swaps down in Florida.
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