Renault revamps its big-selling Clio

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Renault revamps its big-selling Clio

Renault’s Clio supermini is undergoing a revamp in the latest of a busy year of new product for the French manufacturer.

Opening for ordering in September, the new Clio offers styling and interior changes, plus two new powertrains.

With the arrival of the dCi 110 diesel and TCe 120 petrol engines, both matched to six-speed transmissions, buyers will have a choice of nine different powertrains, with best efficiency figures of 88.3mpg combined cycle fuel economy and CO2 emissions of 82g/km.

Redesigned front grilles, along with changes to the rear bumper, four new exterior colours and new wheel and wheel trim options comprise the styling upgrades.

The biggest visual change, however, is the availability of full LED headlamps with a lighting signature similar to that seen in other recent Renault releases. Upper specification models include C-shaped Daytime Running Lights, repeated on the LED rear lights.

Inside new materials have been added, taken from higher-end Renault models to add an impression of increased quality. The steering wheel is new with less plastic in its makeup and leather in upper versions, while the door panels, gear lever and detailing is also revised.

1607_Renault_Clio_02Customisation is key to the new Clio with more than 30 different colour combinations on offer, including five roof decals and four exterior packs with differing front grille bars and side protective mouldings.

The new model also benefits from technology upgrades – three different multimedia systems are available depending on model, with Bose sound systems offered for the first time.

Even entry-level models include the brand’s R&Go system that connects the car to a smartphone mounted in a specially designed cradle. Navigation, phone, multimedia and vehicle information are then displayed on the car’s central screen.

Additional driving aids now available with the Clio include parking sensors all round, a rear-view camera and on higher-spec models hands-free parking.

Renault will announce prices for the new range closer to its arrival in UK showrooms.

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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