Refreshed Renault Clio on sale in October

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Renault has unveiled a mid-life refresh for its Clio supermini, which has been on sale since 2012.

The most significant updates to the fourth-generation Clio are in the infotainment systems, while there is also a new dC1 110 diesel engine option.

Exterior changes are subtle – the front grille is updated, with a look that follows Renault’s latest design language, as seen on the soon-to-launch Megane, and also to accentuate the width of the car.

New LED headlamps are fitted, and the rear bumper reshaped, while four more body colours – Mars Red, Titanium Grey, Arctic White and Iron Blue – are added alongside new wheel and wheel trim designs and more extensive personalisation options.

The interior also gains only detail changes, mainly the use of more soft-touch plastic, and chrome detailing, Renault saying that materials normally reserved for its higher-end cars have been employed..

As is typical of current market offerings the technology plays a big role in the updates, particularly in terms of connectivity.

Entry-level Clios come fitted with Renault’s newly-released R&Go system which uses a smartphone’s screen to connect with the car. Move up through the range and the centre console touchscreen-based R-Link Evolution and Media Nav Evolution systems are added, both including integrated satellite navigation.

Interior of Renault ClioFor the first time the car can be fitted with a BOSE audio system, while front parking sensors and a reversing camera are added to the equipment available, and range-topping models can come with Handsfree parking.

The engine range is as in the outgoing model with the exception of the new 1.5-litre diesel unit of 108bhp. Buyers choosing the TCe 120 petrol engine can now specify a six-speed manual transmission, so in total there are now 11 engine/transmission combinations in the range. However it is not yet confirmed whether all will be offered to UK buyers.

The new Clio models are expected in showrooms in October 2016 and prices will be announced closer to the on-sale date.

Andrew Charman

Andrew is the News and Road Test Editor for The Car Expert. He is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, and has been testing and writing about new cars for more than 20 years. Today he is well known to senior personnel at the major car manufacturers and attends many new model launches each year.

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