The new Renault Clio supermini has been revealed ahead of the Geneva Motor Show 2019, with a focus on quality and technology, Cars & Vans Direct reveal all!
The fifth generation Renault Clio supermini gets an evolutionary appearance outside and significant changes inside, with the Clio being 100 percent new and all body panels being different.
The design of the new Renault Clio from the outside appears to be an evolution from previous models, with design being a primary factor of Clio Mk4 buyers. The Renault Clio is the best-selling supermini car in Europe, with the previous model increasing sales every single year since launch in 2012.
Laurens Van den Acker, Renault design chief commented on the evolutionary design of the Mk5 Clio: “We had so much to build on with the Mk5 Clio, it would have been a shame to throw it away. So we’ve focused on keeping what is good and changing what needed to be changed. So the exterior design is an evolution, but the interior is where we can make the most progress, so it’s a revolution. It’s the start of our interior design revolution.”
The Renault prominent face remains at the front of the new model, but now with full LED headlights that are standard across the range. The bonnet includes a central ‘rib’ which runs up from the badge, however the side surfacing is less fussy, with a subtle ‘gill’ which blends into two creases running back from the front wheelarch. The rear door handles are still integrated into the C-pillars, making the five-door Clio appear as if it’s a three-door, whilst the prominent shoulders from the previous model are more neatly integrated, with a sharper crease on the hatchback panel.
Van den Acker has said that the new Clio has received a “more athletic, sporty interior” which should feel more airy and spacious, even though the new model is approximately a centimetre shorter than its predecessor, achieving this by trimming away millimetres from interior parts. Van den Acker revealed: “As an example, we have a smaller steering wheel and a smaller steering wheel column, this helps to free up a bit more knee room for the driver.”
The new Renault Clio has also gained in terms of boot size: the new car gets a variable height floor allowing you to prioritise a low load lip or capacity, with space on offer ranging from 330 litres to 391 litres, higher than a lot of family hatchbacks from the larger class above the Clio.
The new model will be a significant improvement in quality over the outgoing model, with cushioned plastics in numerous key areas for a more premium feel in the car. The brand are also likely to offer an increasing number of personalisation options, with the wider availability of leather upholstery across the range. The dashboard of the car is divided into three distinct areas: a padded upper panel, a lower section including the glovebox and a middle strip which is a popular option for personalisation by buyers.
At the centre of the front cabin of the new Renault Clio is a new infotainment system. There’s likely to be different options available in this area, however the largest available display measuring 9.3 inches is huge in the supermini class, this is angled towards the driver and slightly curved. The Clio also alters with a digital instrument display, with either a seven-inch or ten-inch panel being offered, with the larger version having the capability of showing navigation information in between the virtual dials. Conventional rotary controls for the air con and heating have been retained and are situated at the bottom of the central dashboard stack beneath some ‘piano key’ buttons which control the hazard lights and other functions.
The engine line-up of the new Clio will be centred on petrol, with the evolution of the Mk4 model’s 0.9-litre unit with various power outputs joined by a 1.3-litre engine shared with cars such as the Mercedes-Benz A-Class and Nissan Qashqai. The brand’s 1.5-litre dCi diesel engine is also expected to feature in the line-up, in contrast to some rivals in the segment such as the Skoda Fabia which has dropped diesel.
At the 2018 Paris Motor Show, Renault revealed that the new Clio will feature hybrid technology in the form of a normally aspirated 1.6-litre petrol engine and two electric motors working at different speeds, expect to see this model in 2020.
The new Clio will be available in the autumn, with more technical details set to be revealed at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show 2019!
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