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2012-09-28 07:29

SMALL CAR SUPERSTAR: The all-new Clio enjoyed pride of place on the Renault stand at the 2012 Paris auto show.

Renault’s all-new Clio has had its big reveal at the 2012 Paris auto show – and it’ll soon be available in South Africa.

Along with its posh new look, which Renault says is “simple, sensuous and warm”, personalisation is also big on the latest French hatchback.

DEZIR ADDS A TAILGATE?


Under the design direction of Laurens van den Acker, the new Clio takes its design inspiration from the DeZir electric sports car. “This is no accident!” the Regie said in a statement. "Both these vehicles were designed by the same team. As a four-door hatchback with the coupe profile of a three-door, the new Clio is all about passion.”

It’s also all about Renault’s efforts to achieve balance and proportion in the design of its volume seller. The Clio is low-slung: it is 448mm high (45mm lower than the car it replaces) with ground clearance reduced by 10mm and a wider track for a more athletic stance and to improve aerodynamics.

Engines at the time of the European launch will range from a 900cc petrol to a 1.5 turbodiesel, each driving through a five-speed manual transmission.

PERSONALISER'S DREAM


Cabin design details include a fascia in the shape of an aircraft wing with a selection of finishes and motifs, door panels and seats, while the Clio is said to be more functional with extra stowage dotted through the cabin.

A personalisation programme also promises to be a key selling point. A variety of exterior and interior features can be personalised, graphics can be added and cabin elements co-ordinated. Exterior customisation can be applied to mirror housings and the rear bumper, the grille and hatch and owners can choose from two roof decal designs.

The fascia trim strip and door panel trims can be co-ordinated with the upholstery and mats. Steering wheel inserts, gear shifter and air vent surrounds are available in a range of colours and themes.

For more from the 2012 Paris auto show, click here.

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