New Renault Clio unveiled
This is the all-new Renault Clio, which goes on sale in October.
Renault has already launched its Twizy quadricycle and an updated Megane in 2012, while the Zoe electric supermini will be on sale before the end of the year. None of these models is as important as the new Clio, though, because it’s the replacement for the company’s biggest seller.
Like the Zoe, the new Clio gets a diamond-shaped front grille that incorporates a huge Renault badge and sweeps back into the headlights, but the Clio’s styling is a little more aggressive; it takes its inspiration from the dramatic Dezir concept that was shown at the 2010 Paris motor show.
For the first time, the Clio will be offered as a five-door hatch only, which is a brave move when almost half of UK Clio buyers currently opt for a three-door. Still, Renault has hidden the rear door handles in the window frames in an effort to make the car look sportier.
A sleek lifestyle estate will also be sold in some markets, but there are no plans to bring this to the UK. What we will get is a Nissan Juke-style mini SUV that’s based on the new Clio.
Buyers of the new Clio will be able to choose from two 89bhp engines: a 1.5-litre diesel and a new three-cylinder 1.0-litre turbo petrol. The diesel boasts class-leading efficiency figures – it averages 88.3mpg and emits just 83g/km of CO2 – while the petrol manages a still impressive 65.7mpg and 99g/km of CO2 in its most efficient form.
Shortly after launch, these engines will be joined by a 118bhp 1.2-litre turbo petrol that will be offered exclusively in a GT trim that brings sportier styling and firmer suspension.
A full-blown Renaultsport hot hatch will follow later, although this will ditch the current car’s high-revving naturally aspirated 2.0-litre unit for a punchier 1.6 turbo that produces more than 200bhp.
Prices and specs are still to be confirmed, but Renault says the new Clio will have a lower starting price than its predecessor and come with more standard kit; even the base model should get air-conditioning, remote central locking and a stereo with an aux-in socket.
In addition, there will be lots of options to let you personalise your car, including exterior decals and brightly coloured interior trims.