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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.

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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.