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Renault Fluence

INTERIOR:
Ed's take:

The Fluence has stylish and classy interiors and even the fit and finish is fine. The sedan can seat people in comfort and even the boot is large.

 

The Fluence interiors are a good example of French design. The instrument panel are stylish with good fit and finish. The quality of the materials used is just fine, however the look and feel is just fine. The Fluence has stylish interior with beige interiors and different styling compared to Japanese and German competition. The key is a card and the Fluence has keyless entry and push start too.

 

The interiors are stylish with integrated music system with Bluetooth and several other bells and whistles. However, one that is oddly placed near the hand brake. The Fluence can comfortably seat four people. The fifth will be a bit of a squeeze. The front row seats are large and extremely comfortable. The boot of the Fluence is also large enough to gobble large for an entire weekend for four people.

ENGINE:
Ed's take:

The Fluence has a powerful 2.0-litre diesel engine and this mill is Renault’s best selling diesel engine.

 

The Fluence comes with a 2.0-litre diesel engine that produces 108bhp and comes mated to a six-speed manual transmission. This is the same engine that also powers the Duster. The NVH levels of this engine are good for a diesel engine and even the insulation of the cabin is good. There is not much of diesel clatter melodrama when you cold start the car. This turbo kicks in at about 2000rpm, before the turbo lag is prominent and the engine struggles to pull. The drivability of the Fluence is just fine and even the power delivery is good once the engine across 2000rpm. Driving in the city needs some amount of downshifts however it does well on a highway.

 

This 2.0-litre engine comes mated to a six-speed manual transmission, and this transmission is wee bit rubbery. The clutch is soft and the spring stiffness is good enough.

RIDE AND HANDLING CHARACTERISTICS:
Ed's take:

The Fluence does a good job with its brilliant ride quality and even the handling is just fine. It doesn’t feel jittery at high speeds but it isn’t that confident either.

 

The ride of the Fluence is supple as the suspension does a good job of soaking up all the bumps. This is one really good aspect of French cars, their ride quality. Despite our bad roads, they do well and they do not wallow. The French know how to design a suspension and the Fluence is one of the best examples for this.

 

Despite the good ride quality the Fluence handles well. It has some amount of body roll, but that’s about it. The steering feel isn’t that great, it does weigh up as the vehicle gathers speed but it feels slack.

Skoda Octavia

INTERIOR:
Ed's take:

Ed’s take: The Skodas are known for their build quality, space and equipment list. The Octavia is a perfect combination of all.

 

Skoda has kept the interiors simple, exclusive and luxurious. There is ample knee and headroom in the rear but the seat does feel a little too upright. The leather used has an exquisite feel to it and is clean and soft. Just like any other Skoda, space is one of the biggest USPs of this cabin. The dual zone A/C Climate control system allows the driver and the passenger to set their surrounding air temperatures to their personal liking. Škoda has also added a rear vent for the passengers sitting in the back. 

 

The light colour of the leather makes the cabin look roomy and compliments the dark instrument cluster and the dark steering wheel and trim. The top end variants all come with a 12-way electrical seat adjustment with a memory setting for 3 drivers. The passenger seat has a manual seat adjuster. The mid and top variants get a 5.8inch LCD touchscreen audio player with a multifunctional steering wheel that can be connected via Bluetooth, USB or Aux.

 

The Bolero system not only plays music and helps you answer your phone but it also has a whole data tracking system built into it to keep you updated with the vehicle dynamics such as mileage, drive duration, fuel consumption, tire pressure and time till the next service.There are multiple stowaway areas in the car that allows for a good storage capacity in the cabin. Boot access from inside the cabin is also available by folding the rear armrest down. The door handles have a very sleek and elite finish. The metal lever is easy to hold and opens with a pop that feels genuine.

ENGINE:
Ed's take:

Ed’s take: Generally it’s the Skoda diesels that are powerful and fuel efficient, but now even the petrols are frugal as they are downsized mills.

 

2.0-litre diesel:

 

The diesel is a reworked engine seen on many cars in the VW group, the 2.0-litre, 4cylinder turbocharged engine that produces 140bhp and 320Nm of torque. The diesel engine comes mated to either a six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed DSG automatic. The engine has very minimal turbo lag and with the foot down on the gas pedal the tachometer needle moves freely to the 5000rpm mark. That is quite commendable for a diesel motor. After about 2000-2500rpm the diesel drone in the cabin from the engine is pretty high and can get slightly annoying. The large amount of torque produced by the engine makes it easy to climb up slopes but low rpm drivability in 3rd gear is close to naught. This is the same oil burner, that also powered the Laura, and still powers the Jetta and even the Passat and Superb.

 

1.4-litre petrol:

 

The 1.4 TSI is also found in the VW Jetta, but here it is bumped up to put out 138bhp and comes mated to a six-speed manual box only. It has sufficient thrust to pull, despite the small sized engine. The 1.4-litre petrol is low on NVH as well.

 

1.8-litre petrol:

 

The car that is the most fun to drive is the 1.8 TSI. Skoda says the engine is a brand new development on the 888. This petrol mill comes mated to a seven-speed DSG automatic transmission.  It produces 179bhp and 250Nm of torque. This car is an absolute blast to drive. The engine pulls from anywhere in the rpm range all the way to the red zone. In the first and second gears the car gives you all the confidence needed in flooring the throttle and controlling the vehicle. The multilink suspension does a great job in preventing the car from getting shaky or buckling down, under pressure of hard cornering.

 

 

RIDE AND HANDLING CHARACTERISTICS:
Ed's take:

Ed’s take: Skoda’s DNA is a great meld of ride and handling, and the Octavia is of different. The ride is supple and the handling is agile.

 

The new Octavia is extremely easy to drive. The steering feel is light and has a good response though it is an electric system instead of a mechanical one. The feedback is very minimal but that makes for a good urban ride and drive. The ride is plush that allows the passenger in the rear to sit easily without feeling every single bump or pothole on the road.

 

The main difference in suspension is noticed when you move from the diesel that has a torsion bar in the rear to the independent multi link suspension found in the 1.8 TSI. The independent suspension in the rear gives the car a very tight feeling and a lot more feed from the rear end. Body roll is very little and chucking the steering wheel into a sudden corner doesn’t jerk the passengers around too much. The steering feel is just phenomenal and one of the best in its class too.

    • Overview
    • Fuel Type
    • Diesel
    • Diesel
    • Mileage-City(kmpl)
    • 17.2
    • 17.1
    • Mileage-Highway(kmpl)
    • 20.4
    • 19.3
    • Available Colors
    • Fuel Tank Capacity(litres)
    • 67
    • 50
    • Seating Capacity
    • 5
    • 5
    • Transmission Type
    • Manual
    • Automatic
    • Engine Description
    • 1.5-litre 108.4bhp 16V K9K Diesel Engine
    • 2.0-litre 141.04bhp 16V Diesel Engine
    • Engine Displacement(cc)
    • 1461
    • 1968
    • Maximum Power
    • 108.4bhp@4000rpm
    • 141.04bhp@4000rpm
    • Maximum Torque
    • 240Nm@1850rpm
    • 320Nm@1750-3000rpm
    • Standard Features
    • Air Conditioner
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    • CD Player
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    • AntiLock Braking System
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    • Power Steering
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    • Power Windows
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    • Leather Seats
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    • Central Locking
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    • Engine
    • Engine Type
    • K9K Diesel Engine
    • Diesel Engine
    • Engine Description
    • 1.5-litre 108.4bhp 16V K9K Diesel Engine
    • 2.0-litre 141.04bhp 16V Diesel Engine
    • Engine Displacement(cc)
    • 1461
    • 1968
    • No. of Cylinders
    • 4
    • 4
    • Maximum Power
    • 108.4bhp@4000rpm
    • 141.04bhp@4000rpm
    • Maximum Torque
    • 240Nm@1850rpm
    • 320Nm@1750-3000rpm
    • Valves Per Cylinder
    • 4
    • 4
    • Valve Configuration
    • DOHC
    • DOHC
    • Fuel Supply System
    • Direct Injection
    • Direct Injection
    • Bore x Stroke
    • -
    • -
    • Compression Ratio
    • -
    • -
    • Turbo Charger
    • Yes
    • Yes
    • Super Charger
    • No
    • No
    • Transmission
    • Transmission Type
    • Manual
    • Automatic
    • Gear box
    • 6 Speed
    • 6 Speed
    • Drive Type
    • FWD
    • FWD
    • Overdrive
    • -
    • -
    • Synchronizers
    • -
    • -
    • Clutch Type
    • -
    • -
    • Suspension System
    • Front Suspension
    • MacPherson Type With Coil Spring ,Stabiliser Bar & Double Acting Shock Absorber
    • McPherson Suspension With Lower Triangular LInks & Torsion Stabiliser
    • Rear Suspension
    • Trailing Arm Type With Coil Spring & Double Acting Shock Absorber
    • Compound Link Crank Axle
    • ShockAbsorbers Type
    • -
    • -
    • Steering
    • Steering Type
    • Power
    • Power
    • Steering Column
    • Tilt & Telescopic Steering
    • Tilt Steering
    • Steering Gear Type
    • -
    • Direct Rack & Pinion
    • Turning Radius
    • -
    • 5.2 metres
    • Brake System
    • Front Brake Type
    • Ventilated Disc
    • Disc
    • Rear Brake Type
    • Disc
    • Disc
    • Performance
    • Top Speed
    • -
    • Acceleration (0-100 kmph)
    • -
    • -
    • Drag Coefficient
    • -
    • -
    • BrakingTime
    • -
    • Fuel
    • Mileage-City (kmpl)
    • 17.2
    • 17.1
    • Mileage-Highway (kmpl)
    • 20.4
    • 19.3
    • Fuel Type
    • Diesel
    • Diesel
    • Fuel Tank Capacity (litres)
    • 67
    • 50
    • Emission Norm Compliance
    • BS IV
    • BS IV
    • Emission Control System
    • -
    • -
    • Tyres
    • Tyre Size
    • 205/60 R16
    • 205/55 R16
    • Tyre Type
    • Tubeless Radials Tyres
    • Tubeless Radial Tyres
    • Wheel Size
    • 6.5 X 16J
    • 6.5J X 16
    • Alloy Wheel Size
    • 16 Inch
    • 16 Inch
    • Other Specifications
    • Seating Capacity
    • 5
    • 5
    • No of Doors
    • 4
    • 4
    • No of Floors
    • -
    • -
    • Payload & Towing
    • Cargo Volume
    • 530-litre
    • 590-litre
    • General Car Details
    • Country of Assembly
    • India
    • India
    • Country of Manufacture
    • India
    • India
    • Discontinuation Date
    • 2025-01-01
    • 2025-02-02
    • Introduction Date
    • 2014-03-25
    • 2013-10-03
    • Warranty Time
    • 4 Years
    • 2 Years
    • Warranty Distance
    • 80000Kms
    • Unlimited kms
    • Comfort & Convenience
    • Power Steering
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    • Power Windows-Front
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    • Power Windows-Rear
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    • Automatic Climate Control
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    • Air Quality Control
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    • Remote Trunk Opener
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    • Remote Fuel Lid Opener
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    • Low Fuel Warning Light
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    • Accessory Power Outlet
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    • Trunk Light
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    • Vanity Mirror
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    • Rear Reading Lamp
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    • Rear Seat Headrest
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    • Rear Seat Centre Arm Rest
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    • Height Adjustable Front Seat Belts
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    • Cup Holders-Front
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    • Cup Holders-Rear
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    • Rear A/C Vents
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    • Heated Seats - Front
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    • Heated Seats - Rear
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    • Seat Lumbar Support
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    • Multi-function Steering
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    • Cruise Control
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    • Parking Sensors
    • Front & Rear
    • Front & Rear
    • Foldable Rear Seat
    • 60:40 Split
    • 60:40 Split
    • Smart Access Card Entry
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    • Engine Start/Stop Button
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    • Glove Box Cooling
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    • Bottle Holder
    • Front Door
    • Front Door
    • Voice Control
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    • Steering Wheel Gearshift Paddles
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    • Interior
    • Air Conditioner
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    • Heater
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    • Adjustable Steering Column
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    • Tachometer
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    • Electronic Multi-Tripmeter
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    • Leather Seats
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    • Fabric Upholstery
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    • Leather Steering Wheel
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    • Glove Compartment
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    • Digital Clock
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    • Outside Temperature Display
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    • Cigarette Lighter
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    • Digital Odometer
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    • Electric Adjustable Seats
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    • Front
    • Folding Table in The Rear
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    • Driving Experience Control Eco
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    • Height Adjustable Driving Seat
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    • Exterior
    • Adjustable Headlights
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    • Fog Lights - Front
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    • Fog Lights - Rear
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    • Power Adjustable Exterior Rear View Mirror
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    • Manually Adjustable Ext. Rear View Mirror
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    • Electric Folding Rear View Mirror
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    • Rain Sensing Wiper
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    • Rear Window Wiper
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    • Rear Window Washer
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    • Rear Window Defogger
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    • Wheel Covers
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    • Alloy Wheels
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    • Power Antenna
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    • Tinted Glass
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    • Rear Spoiler
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    • Removable/Convertible Top
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    • Roof Carrier
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    • Sun Roof
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    • Moon Roof
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    • Side Stepper
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    • Outside Rear View Mirror Turn Indicators
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    • Integrated Antenna
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    • Chrome Grille
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    • Chrome Garnish
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    • Smoke Headlamps
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    • Roof Rail
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    • Entertainment
    • Cassette Player
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    • CD Player
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    • CD Changer
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    • DVD Player
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    • Radio
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    • Audio System Remote Control
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    • Speakers Front
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    • Speakers Rear
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    • Integrated 2DIN Audio
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    • Bluetooth Connectivity
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    • USB & Auxiliary input
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    • Touch Screen
    • -
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    • Exterior Dimensions
    • Length
    • 4618mm
    • 4659mm
    • Width
    • 1813mm
    • 1814mm
    • Height
    • 1488mm
    • 1476mm
    • Ground Clearance
    • 168mm
    • 155mm
    • Wheel Base
    • 2703mm
    • 2688mm
    • Front Tread
    • -
    • -
    • Rear Tread
    • -
    • -
    • Kerb Weight
    • -
    • 1395kg
    • Gross Weight
    • -
    • 1915kg
    • Interior Dimensions
    • Front Headroom
    • -
    • -
    • Front Legroom
    • -
    • -
    • Rear Headroom
    • -
    • -
    • Rear Legroom
    • -
    • -
    • Safety-Info
    • Anti-Lock Braking
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Brake Assist
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Central Locking
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Power Door Locks
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Child Safety Locks
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Anti-Theft Alarm
    • Not Available
    • Not Available
    • Driver Airbag
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Passenger Airbag
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Side Airbag-Front
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Side Airbag-Rear
    • Not Available
    • Not Available
    • Night Rear View Mirror
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Passenger Side Rear ViewMirror
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Xenon Headlamps
    • Not Available
    • Standard
    • Halogen Headlamps
    • Standard
    • Not Available
    • Rear Seat Belts
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Seat Belt Warning
    • Not Available
    • Not Available
    • Door Ajar Warning
    • Not Available
    • Standard
    • Side Impact Beams
    • Not Available
    • Not Available
    • Front Impact Beams
    • Not Available
    • Not Available
    • Traction Control
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Adjustable Seats
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Keyless Entry
    • Not Available
    • Standard
    • Tyre Pressure Monitor
    • Not Available
    • Standard
    • Vehicle Stability Control System
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Engine Immobilizer
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Crash Sensor
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Centrally Mounted Fuel Tank
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Engine Check Warning
    • Not Available
    • Not Available
    • Automatic Headlamps
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Clutch Lock
    • Not Available
    • Not Available
    • EBD
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Advance Safety Features
    • -
    • Multi Collision Braking
    • Follow Me Home Headlamps
    • Standard
    • Standard
    • Rear Camera
    • Not Available
    • Not Available
    • Anti-Theft Device
    • Standard
    • Not Available
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