As it turns out, Renault had slightly different plans for the facelifted version of the European market Fluence sedan that will make its world premiere on November 2 at the 2012 Istanbul Motor Show in Turkey.
Whereas the Mexican market specification Fluence gained the same front end treatment as the car's Korean twin, the Samsung SM3, the European (though, it is likely to be sold in other regions as well) model has been graced with a face that features Renault's latest styling identity, as seen on the new Clio Mk4.
The newly designed front bumper also incorporates LED daytime running lights, while Renault tweaked the rear tail lamp clusters and added new alloy wheel options.
In the cabin, all versions of the 2013 Fluence gain new digital instrumentation, fresh upholsteries and Bluetooth audio systems equipped with USB and jack sockets. Higher-end models will be offered with the new Renault R-Link multimedia system that comes with a touchscreen display and voice commands.
Under the hood, there's a new 1.6-liter 115PS petrol engine mated to a new X-Tronic CVT automatic transmission that offer a significant reduction in fuel consumption, which is down by 1.3 liters/100km to 6.4 liters/100km, while CO2 emissions fall 15 percent to 149g/km.
Along with the previously available diesel dCi 110PS EDC (Efficient Dual Clutch) engine, in some markets Renault has extended the diesel range to include the new dCi 130PS unit that returns a fuel consumption of 5.6 liters/100km with CO2 emissions of 119g per km.
The updated Fluence will continue to be built at the Oyak-Renault factory in Bursa, Turkey. Local sales will begin in January, while it will be launched in more than 55 other countries in the course of 2013.