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Geneva: New Renault Clio on sale in Autumn

Evolutionary styling but major updates to interior.

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Renault has revealed the fifth-generation Clio at the 2019 Geneva motor show.

The new Clio comes with largely similar exterior styling to its predecessor, but features new c-shaped LED headlights, a larger grille and new taillights, as well as hidden rear door handles integrated into the windows.

Renault has made the most significant changes inside, the supermini gaining two large displays. The nine-inch portrait infotainment screen comes with the brand’s all-new Easy Link system, while the TFT instrument panel ahead of the driver measures seven inches as standard – with a ten-inch screen also offered as an optional extra.

More personalisation options are available for the dashboard, while other changes include new seats designed to provide a better view to the rear, and a raised centre console allowing a shorter gear lever to be fitted.

Smaller size but more space

Based on Groupe Renault’s new CMF-B platform already used by the Nissan Micra, the new Clio is 1.4cm shorter than its predecessor but offers more interior storage – boot space has grown from 300 litres on the previous generation to 391 litres on the Clio V.

Renault has also added a new range-topping trim – R.S. Line – which is inspired by the Renault Sport brand and replaces the former GT-Line. This will include 17-inch alloy wheels, sporty interior features and a honeycomb grille to align with previous R.S models.

The engine line-up is yet to be revealed, but Renault has confirmed the Clio will be the first model to be fitted with the E-Tech hybrid petrol-electric powertrain. Petrol engines are expected to include 1.0-litre units in entry-level 75hp and 100hp turbo form.

Prices are expected to be announced closer to the Clio’s on-sale date in the third quarter of 2019.

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Andrew Charman
Andrew Charman
Andrew is a 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.