Renault’s radical new Clio

RENAULT HAS TAKEN the wraps off its brand new mk4 Clio.

The new Clio is a crucial model for Renault, who recently cut back its UK model range. With over 11.5 million sales since 1990, the Clio is a major force in the supermini segment and will battle the likes of the Ford Fiesta, Vauxhall Corsa and VW Polo.

The mk4 Clio is the first production Renault to use the new design langauge, first previewed on the DeZir concept, which features a prominent Renault badge with gloss black surround, large headlights and sweeping lines.

The new Clio is available as a five-door only, but uses hidden handles on the rear doors to create a more dynamic look. This is emphasised further by the swooping shoulder line, heavily sculpted sides, lower ride height and wider track.

In line with the majority of modern superminis the new Clio has a wide range of interior and exterior colour and customisation options including R-Link, a new 18cm touchscreen which uses voice control to operate essential functions (which the driver can also customise) including TomTom sat-nav with live traffic updates and the world’s first automotive app store.

Engine choices will include the new 0.9 litre TCe90 and 1.2 litre TCe120 which provide the performance of 1.4 and 1.6 litre engines respectively, but with much greater fuel efficiency thanks to turbocharging and stop-start technology. These efficiency improvements are further helped by a 100kg weight saving over the outgoing model.

Hot hatch fans will be pleased to know that a Renaultsport model will follow but as yet there are no official details about it. However, we expect that it will produce roughly the same 200bhp as its predecessor but will ditch the naturally aspirated 2.0 litre in favour of a turbocharged 1.6 or 1.8.


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