By: Lisa Harper
The brand new Renault Clio has been unveiled ahead of its official launch at the Geneva Motor show in March, and it’s fair to say we’re excited. Bringing a new design, a completely reworked interior and more tech and equipment than ever before, Renault is successfully blurring the lines with more premium sector vehicles.
From the outside, the new Clio has a similar aesthetic to its predecessor. Given that the Clio has managed to gain in popularity, selling more year-on-year from 2012 to 2018, it is easy to see why Renault is so keen to keep it familiar.
New additions include LED headlights standard across the range. Wind deflectors have been added to the front wheel arches to add a touch of sportiness while also helping to limit drag.
Don’t let that the exterior similarities fool you into thinking extensive changes have not taken place though. For starters, the MK5 Clio will be built on the group’s CMF-B platform. This new platform has not only helped to reduce the overall size of the new Clio it has also allowed them to reduce the weight of the car by 22kg, which is sure to help with handling and efficiency.
Hop inside the new Clio and you will wonder how Renault has performed such a tardis-like transformation; managing to decrease the size of the car but increase the interior space. It’s all down to clever tactics like Renault’s use of thinner seats which increase rear legroom. On top of that, a smaller steering column and steering wheel increases the feeling of space and has allowed the driving seat to be lowered for a sportier driving position. The boot has grown too, offering between 330-391-litres thanks to the variable height boot floor.
The quality of the interior has been a major focus for Renault. Following substantial feedback, Renault has used more desirable soft-touch materials in areas you are likely to touch and relegated the hard-feel plastics to areas you are unlikely to notice. This makes the cabin instantly feel like a more premium-segment vehicle.
Plus as Renault is keen to be at the fore when it comes to technology, the MK5 Clio will come with a whole raft of infotainment and driver-assistance features that are functional and easy to use. A whopping 9.2” portrait infotainment display certainly makes its mark in the cabin and is sure to offer incredible practicality. While the brand new TFT instrument display will be available in two sizes, the basic 7.2-inch or a more advanced 10-inch display which will integrate navigation data, meaning you don’t need to take your eyes off the road.
New tech is great, however, Renault has been keen to point out that certain features of the car will remain controlled via physical buttons. For example, the air-conditioning and heating will have separate controls which are easier to access and use when on the move.
You will still be able to get your hands on a petrol or diesel Clio. This will include a 1.0-litre naturally aspirated petrol with 65bhp and 75bhp outputs, a 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine with 99bhp and 129bhp outputs and a 1.5-litre diesel with 84bhp and 114bhp offerings. However, the big news is that 2020 will see the introduction of Renault’s first hybrid E-tech engine. The 89bhp petrol engine will be mated to a 40bhp electric motor and 1.2kWh battery which Renault claim will mean it will drive like an EV and will be capable of 70% electrical power when driving in town.
If you’re brimming with excitement about the brand new Clio, then fear not as it’s due out this autumn. Check out where your nearest Stoneacre Renault branch is so you can be the first to know when it reaches our showrooms.
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