(from Renault Press Release)
Fluence, Renault’s latest concept car, is an upmarket, four-seater sports coupé.
Its flowing bodywork and welcoming interior embrace the simplicity and sensuality
of the car's form. Patrick le Quément, Senior Vice President Corporate
Design, sees Fluence as “the continuation of a long tradition of outstanding
French coachbuilders.” The concept car will be shown at the prestigious Louis
Vuitton Classic in England on June 4, 2004.
Fluence expresses Renault’s vision of a key theme in
automobiles: that of upmarket, four-seater coupés.
Mission accomplished: “Fluence is both a drawing
and a sculpture. It blends bearing, generosity, elegance
and fluidity,”explains Patrick le Quément.
Sporting and Sensual
Fluence is a 4.60-metre long coupé whose voluptuous
forms are sculpted from simple, structured lines. It is a
modern expression of the principle that underlies all
coupés: pleasure of movement.
This pleasure of movement is suggested by the visually
dynamic contrast of a sloping front and a vertical rear.
The frontal design is streamlined: the radiator grille is
absent to focus attention on the lozenge logo and to
evoke other prestigious Renault cars. Narrow indicators
juxtapose the headlamps, whose shape reinforces the
purity and fluidity that characterize Fluence’s frontal
styling. A double strip of LEDs set at different angles is
housed behind two transparent curved glass lenses.
The diodes illuminate as the steering angle changes to
provide multi-directional lighting when cornering. Two
air intakes extend and accentuate the headlamps’ form,
bridged by a third narrow, horizontal inlet.
In contrast with the flowing frontal treatment, the vertical
profile of Fluence’s rear conveys a strong sense of
energy. This impression of energy is underpinned by
the contrast between wide wings, highlighted by the
elongated, horizontal lights, and a taller central section
in a different colour. This section connects the rear
window with a twin centre exhaust outlet, framed by an
In between its very different front and rear, Fluence
is structured around a horizontal plane. Lines of
force emerge at the front to converge at the centre of
the tailgate. Two run almost symmetrically the
length of each side. Two others frame the bonnet,
then the roof and the rear window. This V-shaped
rear window connects seamlessly to the windscreen
by two strips of glass that stretch the length of the
roof before dropping down towards the tailgate. The
base of the body shell, with its aluminium finish,
encircles the body to help reduce drag, a function
also performed by the wheel rims. The 22” wheels
are further promise of Fluence's driving pleasure.
a natural and welcoming harmony
“Fluence’s interior is simple and easily remembered,
with natural harmony,” explains Patrick le
Light pours in through the glazed area to bring out the
full intensity of the prevailing Rouge Margaux red.
The printed leather seats
are mounted on runners. The sides of the seat back and cushion fan out
when the doors are opened, ready to welcome occupants. The lateral seat
supports can then be adjusted to suit individual preferences. The door
armrests, which are also on runners, adjust their position in
conjunction with the seats.
The leather dashboard is again predominately red
with beige accents. Its ethereal design resembles a
leaf that has been rolled then nipped at its centre.
This leaf theme is repeated in the design of the centre
console. In a spiral movement it embraces the
intuitive Touch Design controls. Using a joystick, the driver selects the car’s main functions which are
shown on a fold-away screen in the upper part of the
dashboard. Instruments use both digital and analogue
display against a black and Rouge Margaux
Special attention has been paid to comfort in the
back, beginning with the vast and welcoming
enveloping rear seat. Renault’s designers looked to
home furnishings as inspiration for the reading
lamps. These fit flush with the headlining and, when
required, are released by pulling a leather tab then
tilted to the ideal angle.
The boot, lined in Rouge Margaux leather, provides
396 dm3 capacity with two side storage units. It is accessed
via the tailgate by means of an innovative opening
mechanism: the tailgate slides over the roof thanks to
an articulated arm in its centre. This does away with
side openings that obstruct access to the boot.
What design promises, engineering
Fluence’s powertrain extends an irresistible invitation
The front-mounted 3.5 litre V6 petrol engine develops
280hp and brings driving pleasure at every speed. The
finely-tuned suspensions and chassis allow a fast and
agile driving style that adapts to all road conditions.
Carefully-studied acoustics produce a deep and powerful
engine sound. Fluence is as much a pleasure to drive as a top-ofthe-
range saloon, while six-speed automatic transmission
with sequential control adds to driving comfort
Overall length 4,600 mm
Width exc. wing mirrors 1,890 mm
Height 1,390 mm
Wheel base 2,750 mm
Front overhang 920 mm
Rear overhang 960 mm
Ground clearance 200 mm
Weight 1,500 kg
Euro 4-compliant 3.5 litre V6 24V petrol engine
Power 206kW / 280hp power rating and 365Nm maximum torque
Gearbox Six-speed automatic transmission with sequential control
Performance 0-100kph in 6.5 seconds
Front-wheel drive with transverse engine layout
Wheels 22’’ rims
Tyres Specific Michelin PAX 245-710 / R560 tyres
Twin-strip LED headlamps that light up
as the steering angle changes
Michelin Front and rear tyres with different tread
for better under-steer control
Montupet Lightweight alloy rims with suction fins to reduce drag
Recaro Seats allowing optimal entry and exit, and personalized
through adjustable lateral seat supports for the back and cushion