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New Renault Clio unveiled

Renault has unveiled the fourth generation of the Renault Clio.

Since the launch of the original model in 1990, some 11.5 million Clios have been sold in more than 115 countries.

Offered only in five-door form, integrated rear door handles are concealed close to the rear quarter lights for a sporty look. In comparison with the outgoing model, the new car has a lower ride height, wider tracks, wheels pushed out wide within the arches, and a reduction in the gap between the wheels and wheel arches. From launch, the new Clio will be offered in a choice of eight body colours, including the launch colour which is derived from the red used for DeZir.

The new Clio's front-end design features a prominent Renault logo, set bold and upright to a gloss black background, an arrangement first seen on the DeZir concept car. This frontal treatment is augmented by chrome edged headlights and LED daytime running lights.

From launch, buyers will be able to personalise the outside of their car with a selection of colour touches to the front grille, rear and side door inserts. To personalise the interior, customers can personalise the dashboard, door panels, steering wheel, grab handles, gear lever and air vent surrounds, upholstery materials and optional floor mats.

Available as standard from Dynamique upwards for New Clio, Renault's R-Link multimedia system provides a bridge between the car and the connected world outside thanks to: a wide seven-inch touchscreen, intuitive voice commands and, as a market first, a home page that can be personalised by the user for safe and simple access to essential functions, without the driver having to take his or her eyes off the road.

TomTom connected navigation includes Live services and boasts the market's best real-time traffic information, helping to minimise journey times and fuel consumption.

Among other benefits, a connection with the car's own electronic systems permits access to an advanced eco-driving function (Driving eco?) which analyses the driver's behaviour and provides advice to help reduce fuel consumption.

Thanks to the Renault R-Link Store, users can easily view or download a comprehensive and varied range of apps from their car or computer.

The new Clio is the first Renault model to feature the company's three-cylinder petrol turbocharged Energy TCe 90 engine. This is the first three-cylinder powerplant ever produced by Renault.

The 899cc unit comes with Stop&Start and delivers the performance of a normally-aspirated 1.4-litre powerplant, giving 90hp and 135Nm at 2,000rpm.
An economy-optimised version with fuel consumption of 65.7 mpg and CO2 emissions of 99g/km is also offered.

Meanwhile, the Clio will be available with the a new 90hp version of the 1.5 dCi, equipped with Stop&Start. The four-cylinder engine comes with 220Nm of torque available from 1,750rpm, an increase of 20Nm over the current dCi 85. An economy-optimised version with taller gear ratios can manage 88 mpg, equivalent to CO2 emissions 83g/km.

Manufactured at Flins in France and Bursa in Turkey, the new Renault Clio is built on a new version of Renault-Nissan Alliance's B platform.

Further details of New Renault Clio will be released at the Paris Motor Show in the autumn.

Posted on 04.07.2012
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