Sunday, September 30, 2012
Paris: Renault Clio is the bold new face of France's diamond brand
Check out the new Renault Clio, which has just been revealed at the Paris Motor Show. If you like what you see, then chances you are going to like future Renault models. Along with introducing the fourth-generation Clio, Renault also says that this new styling will be the new face of the French automaker's future products.
Once classified as a supermini, the Clio has since grown into a B-segment contender similar to the closely related Nissan Versa. The centerpiece of the new design features a large Renault logo that stands out against a black background in the grille. Like the previous Clio, the new model will be available in both five-door hatchback and estate/station wagon variants, but for now, it doesn't appear a three-door model will make it into the mix.
Make no mistake, the Clio is one of the most important reveals of the entire Paris show. And Renault is treating it as such, with plans to launch it with "no fewer than five" new engines. On top of that, the big Clio hardware news is the addition of stop/start technology and a dual-clutch transmission available on the option list. Renault says that its 90-horsepower 1.5-liter dCi engine will attain fuel consumption figures close to a hybrid-electric vehicle, making it the first car in the B-segment to do so.
On the technology front, the Clio introduces Renault's new R-Link multimedia system that will eventually spread to the rest of the Renault lineup. R-Link not only includes features like TomTom navigation and traffic, but it also allows drivers to operate Coyote Series alerts (a European social-media-like service warning of road hazards) and the R-Link Store to find and use automotive apps.
Be sure to flip through our live photos of the Clio hatchback, and if you have time, Renault's mile-long press release is posted below.Permalink | Email this | Comments