New Renault Clio: smaller but bigger
Renault renews its Clio-bestseller. The new car embodies the fifth generation of the Clio, a model that has been sold some 15 million times since 1990, and is the second best-selling car in Europe, all categories combined.
On the outside, the new generation gets a bigger grille and a more pronounced front bumper with an expressive central air scoop. The standard LED-headlights are equipped with the C-Shape light signature that characterises other Renault models, while the rear lights also feature a C-shaped signature.
The new Clio is 14mm shorter than the previous one (4.048mm), but promises to be more spacious inside, with a boot of 391 litres, said to be the largest in the category. The body has been lowered by up to 30mm for better aerodynamics, with wheels of up to 17-inch to enhance the dynamic look of the car. 11 body colours and three exterior customisation packs will be available.
The interior of the new Clio will also be customisable, with a range of packs, altering the appearance of the centre console, dashboard, door panels, steering wheel and arm rests, and the choice between eight interior design schemes and ambient lighting in eight different colours.
Renault promises a new dimension in perceived interior quality, using high-end materials, a soft coating on the dashboard, door panels and centre console surround, and meticulously finished furnishings. The “Smart Cockpit” features the widest screens in the segment, combining a 9.3-inch multimedia screen (the biggest ever on a Renault) in tablet-form, inspired by that on the Espace, comprising all the multimedia, navigation and infotainment features as well as the Multi-Sense-settings.
A fully digital and customisable dashboard screen measuring 7 to 10 inches replaces the traditional analogue display.
Geneva Motor Show
For more exclusivity, as it will do on other models in the range, Renault will offer the new Clio in RS Line-trim (gradually replacing the current GT-Line), and as Initiale Paris, a luxury and prestige version, as is already the case on Captur, Scénic, Talisman, Koleos and Espace.
Information on the engines and technology, and the possible arrival of an electric version, will follow. The car will be first presented to the public at the Geneva Motor Show.
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