Driven Renault Fluence Z E Car Design News

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Renault Fluence Z.E. Electric Cars

Despite the huge rear the trunk is no larger than an B-segment car

TomTom sat-nav into the infotainment system, battery range calculation route guidance

Recharging sits on the front fender

the Change’ has been the slogan since then and the Fluence is an important first step in many see as a risky strategy by Technically the Kangoo Z.E. van it to market but the Fluence is la Régie’s foray into the electric car market, with the Twizy and B-segment Zoe, waiting in the to give Renault the most electric range of any car maker. will all happen before the reinvention of the brand being under Laurens Van den Acker the light of day in the form of the Clio 4.

So despite being based on the Fluence sedan – itself on the Megane hatch – the Fluence is an important milestone for the firm.

The thing most will are the car’s somewhat ungainly in particular its enormous rear The C-pillar resolution and deck are fine if one considers the car in profile the beltline. However as the car is almost to the Megane ahead of the B-pillar, it as a C-segment hatchback to the rear

From here back the quarters look bulky and out of with the front-wheel drive front end.

It shows Renault is a step the likes of VW, which now differentiates all the metal between C-segment and sedans (Golf and Jetta) – an of the growing importance of the sedan in this segment.

Open the trunk and rather than the luggage space its huge suggests, there’s little space than a typical hatch thanks to the upright stack taking up much of the We suspect this is in part the of the Fluence being part of Place’s battery swap which means a depleted needs to be physically dropped out underneath the car and replaced with one.


At the front we’re surprised the new Renault corporate – enlarged diamond sat in a graphic wraps out to the headlamps – is missing. likely this car was signed off Van den Acker’s tenure began, there’s a much wider opportunity to give the Fluence and of Z.E cars as a whole; a true that’s differentiated from the Renault range. The light hue used to key everything from inners to the Renault diamond and Z.E feels like something of an and is a million miles away the convincing sub-brand design of BMW i, for example.

Move inside and after the Prius and Nissan Leaf surprising not to be greeted by a digitally interior. Instead, there’s a trio of dials – charge replacing rev counter – and even a shifter. While many be disappointed by the lack of visual and gadgetry to herald the Fluence’s car status, the flip side is the Fluence’s cabin presents few to customers who may be nervous at the prospect of a car with a different powertrain.

It even starts with a

Renault’s TomTom-based in-car system has sensibly been to take account of the range of the car – punch in a destination beyond the battery range and it will not warn you but try to find recharging along the way.

It’s to be disappointed by the Fluence Z.E. in one – it’s a shame that the technology has not been used as the for a new design language. And yet, as a it may be the most logical positioning of an car yet. It drives with refinement and a sense of serenity will appeal to many, aided – rather than – by the simple, ‘normal’ qualities of the

It’s also clear basing the Fluence Z.E. on an model has allowed Renault to one of the core barriers to entry of cars – cost. Price is not we often mention, but the trade-off design and cost is clear to see and a massively important factor in how you judge this car, at a basic price of £18,395 in the UK into account a £5000 grant but not the cost of battery the Fluence Z.E massively undercuts such as the Nissan Leaf and Volt. Only time and the will tell whether the off was one worth making.

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