Seven years after the Renault Fluence sedan debuted in 2009, it appears that it will finally receive a successor soon – our European spy photographers have caught the French C-segment sedan out and about ahead of its slated world premiere at the 2016 Paris Motor Show.

Despite the camouflage covering the car, this is very obviously a sedan version of the new Megane IV. It looks practically identical to its hatch sibling from the A-pillar forward, right up to the design of the front bumper and grille – although whether the sedan will retain the Megane’s distinctive C-shaped LED daytime running lights remains to be seen.

Moving back, the Fluence’s successor ditches the Megane’s slight upwards beltline kink for a straighter line towards the rear of the car, where it appears to take some cues from the larger Talisman – such as the broad tail lights that meet at the centre Renault logo.


Like the current Fluence, expect the new car to share much of the interior with the Megane, including an optional 8.7-inch portrait-format capacitive touchscreen for the R-Link 2 infotainment system and 7.0-inch TFT LCD instrument cluster. Fit and finish should also take a step up, per the Megane.

Based on the same CMF (Common Module Family) C/D platform of the Megane, Talisman and Espace, the new car should utilise the Megane’s range of engines, including 1.2 litre turbo and 1.6 litre naturally-aspirated and turbo petrol engines and 1.5 litre and 1.6 litre turbodiesels, mated to either six-speed manual gearbox, a seven-speed Efficient Dual Clutch (EDC) transmission or a continuously variable transmission (CVT).

Despite being a successor to the Fluence, the new sedan could get a new name to boost sales, just like how the lacklustre Laguna received the Talisman moniker with the new generation.