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Renault reveals revamped Clio

Renault has unveiled its ‘New Clio’ - twenty-five years on from the launch of the original version in the UK.

On sale in the UK from October, the fourth-generation Clio has undergone a series of revisions affecting  styling, equipment, powertrain and overall quality.

With a full-LED lighting signature – including C-shaped daytime running lights on some models – the new Clio refreshes the Renault design identity which it first introduced in 2012.

Up front there are tweaks to the grille which houses the Renault diamond, while the lower section has been widened to give ‘an even more modern feel to the front end’, says Renault. At the rear, the skirt has been redesigned to create a more robust look.

There are four new body colours (Mars Red, Titanium Grey, Arctic White and Iron Blue), with a choice of new wheel and wheel trim designs, as well as a more extensive personalisation programme.

Renault says the new Clio features finishing materials previously reserved for its higher-end models. All the upholsteries are new with special attention having been paid to the tactile and visual quality of the plastics’ grain-effect finish. The chrome trim features a more subdued, matt finish and the colours are more refined. The objective was to create a higher end package striking a balance between seductive exterior styling and a high-quality interior finish.

The 1.5 dCi 110 diesel engine, mated to a six-speed manual gearbox is a new addition to the Clio powertrain line-up, as is the availability of six-speed manual transmission for the TCe 120 petrol engine.

A choice of three different connected multimedia systems are available: Media Nav Evolution, Renault R-Link Evolution and the new, smart R&GO system which is available on entry trim levels.  

The new Clio is the first B-segment Renault to be available with BOSE audio, while a suite of driving aids are said to make the new car more versatile and nimble.

In addition to a reverse parking sensor, depending on version, the New Clio offers a front parking sensor and a reverse parking camera.  Available on higher-end models, Handsfree Parking allows the driver to fully delegate the completion of parking manoeuvres.

Full details on the UK line-up with pricing and specification will be available later in the summer.  Order books are due open in October with deliveries set to start later that month.