Renault gets radical with Clio
MORE VA-VA-VOOM: Renault’s new Clio is packed with tech savvy kit and enables drivers to download apps via the My Renault site. Want your Clio to sound like a V6? Download an app an impress or irritate your friends.
About 11.5-million Renault Clios have been sold in more than 115 countries since the original was launched in 1990. Now here comes the fourth generation...
The cars will be assembled in France and Turkey on a revised version of a Renault/Nissan alliance platform which, Renault says, has been optimised for comfort, maneuverability and quiet running.
The new model differs drastically from the previous one with a new design, lower ride height and wider stance. At the front is the brand's new logo arrangement, first seen on the DeZir concept car.
Renault says the new model will be arriving in South Africa early in 2013!
The new Clio will only be offered as a four-door but has a sporty silhouette and concealed rear door releases. The headlights, with diode daytime running lights, have a chromed lower edge.
The new model will be launched with two engine options - a petrol TCe 90 and dCi 90 - the first three-cylinder engines produced by Renault. From only 900cc, thanks to turbochargine, come 67kW at 5000rpm and 135Nm at 2500rpm, 90% of the latter from only 1650rpm.
Powered by the The TCe 90, which replaces the TCe 100, the new model has a claimed fuel consumption of 4.3 litres/100km and a CO2 emissions rating of 99g/km.
The new 1.5 diesel engine is capable of 67kW at 4000rpm and 220Nm from 1750rpm with a claimed fuel consumption of 3.2 litres/100km and an emissions rating of 83g/km.
90KW IN THE WORKS
Renault is, however, developing a four-cylinder, 1.2-litre TCe 120 engine to go with a six-speed dual-clutch auto gearbox. It will produce 90kW/190Nm and be launched, long with an EDC auto variant of the diesel engine, in 2013.
The new model is equipped with an eco mode to reduce fuel consumption, a driving style monitor and 'shift gear' indicator.
Renault's R-Link is an integrated tablet (18cm touchscreen) connected to vehicle systems and the internet that's available as an option,
The system allows drivers to personalise their "home page" for access to essential functions. Among other benefits, a connection with the car’s own electronic systems permits access to a eco-driving function (Driving eco²) which analyses drivung behaviour and provides advice to help reduce fuel consumption.
Drivers will also have access to the Renault R-Link Store, the automobile world’s first app store, where they can view or download new apps via a "My Renault" function. An example: the R-Sound Effect app which can simulate six engine sound profiles and synchronise them to the host car's speed and acceleration.
Buyers will be able to customise the exterior and interior of their new Clio through a host of modifications.