Renault has launched the Fluence in India as part of a five-product launch strategy that is scheduled through to the end of the 2012, and will give Renault the youngest line-up on the Indian market. Roughly the same size as the Toyota Corolla or Honda civic, the Fluence is powered by a 137PS, 2-litre petrol engine mated to a CVT 'auto transmission, and a 106PS, 1.5-litre common-rail diesel engine that is also found on the Logan but has been extensively remapped for the Fluence.A bit quirky at the front, the Fluence comes across as a robust design that is a mix of bold and conservative, and is spacious inside, courtesy the 2703mm wheelbase-longest in the segment. Seating is comfortable and the interior though simple, is laced with aluminium and wood inserts and features like rain sensing wipers, airbags, keyless entry via a smart card, CD-radio player with bluetooth, rear parking aid, cruise control and leather upholstery.While the petrol is the better equipped of the two, it is the diesel that is the more frugal of the two. Said Renan Livet, marketing manager for the Asia-Africa region, on the occasion, "Indians love technology, ranging from the internet and latest-generation mobile phones to high-tech products of all kinds. Sure, people want affordable cars, but they also want them to bristle with new technologies. So Renault is entering the Indian market from the top end to establish a strong brand image driven by the technological virtues of its best products".The Fluence is assembled at Renault-Nissan's new plant at Chennai where the Nissan Micra is also built. The Chennai plant employs a workforce of 3,600, and will have a capacity of 400,000 vehicles per year by 2015. Fluence would thus be followed by Koleos (also assembled at Chennai) in October 2011, and three other models, including an SUV, by 2012.Said Renault India Managing Director Marc Nassif, "The launch of Fluence in India is the start of a wide-reaching product offensive on one of the markets considered a pillar of Renault's international development. With the Chennai plant, along with Renault's engineering, design and logistics centers, plus a dealer network that will number 100 outlets by the end of 2012, Renault is doing everything to offer Indian customers a range of quality vehicles well matched to local market conditions".