The all-new fifth generation 2020 Renault Clio has been revealed featuring a new platform, modern design and a host of upgrades.
Integrating the latest technology has been made possible by making the new Clio the first car to be built on the CMF-B platform, which was developed by the Alliance, with new electrical and electronic architecture. The new platform sheds 50kg of weight and improves aerodynamics, acoustic comfort, fuel consumption and emissions.
Proportions of the new Clio come in at 4050mm long, 1798mm wide, 1440mm high with a 2583mm wheelbase. The boot capacity has increased to 391 litres with the rear seats also able to be folded to provide a flat load area for extra room.
A major benefit of the new platform is that it allows the Clio to come equipped with a comprehensive range of driver assistance systems for driving, parking and safety. A 360-degree camera and active emergency braking with the detection of cyclists and pedestrians is a first for the Renault range and is joined by highway & traffic jam companion.
Exterior design highlights include a bigger grille and front bumper, hood ribs, expressive central air scoop, LED lights, flush tailgate, chrome-plated side-window surrounds and a shark fin antenna. 15-, 16- and 17-inch wheels are available depending on the variant.
Several new body colours have also been added to the colour palette, these include Valencia Orange, Vison Brown and Celadon Blue. This takes the available body colour count to eleven with three exterior customisation packs, red, orange and black, also available.
Found inside the new Clio is a Smart Cockpit which features a 9.3-inch multimedia screen angled towards the driver with new Renault Easy Link connect system. Easy Link rolls into one the multimedia, navigation, infotainment and multi-sense settings.
A redesigned dashboard, new steering wheel, ambient lighting with eight different colours, wireless smartphone charging and ergonomic seats are also found in the cabin. Eight different interior design schemes are also available to personalise the cabin.
Another first is the digital screen which replaces the traditional analogue display and is available sized from 7 to 10-inches.
Powering the new Renault Clio will be a selection of new petrol and diesel engines with an E-Tech hybrid powertrain is also set to join the range in 2020.
Available petrol engines will include a three-cylinder 1.0-litre unit outputting 48kW, 56kW or 75kW depending on the grade. There will also be a 1.3-litre engine that produces 97kW of power and 240Nm. Manual, 'x-tronic' automatic and dual-clutch transmissions will be offered, but are grade specific.
Diesel fans can opt for a 1.5-litre engine tuned to deliver either 63kW/220Nm or 86kW/260Nm mated with a six-speed manual.
The immanent hybrid variant will consist of a new-generation 1.6-litre petrol engine accompanied by two electric motors, a multi-mode gearbox and a 1.2kWh battery.
A new RS Line version will also be available which will replace the GT-Line. It will feature an F1 blade, honeycomb grille, special 17-inch wheel rims and more athletic rear end.
Internally the RS Line will feature sports seats with reinforced support, carbon-style inserts, a perforated leather steering wheel with the double RS diamond, an aluminium pedal set, and a black atmosphere punctuated by red topstitching and edging.
The all-new Renault Clio is rumoured to be coming to Australia next year though exact timing, specifications and pricing are not yet confirmed. Stay tuned!
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