Presenting the All-New Renault Clio, the fifth generation of the automotive icon. To date some 15 million units of the Clio have been sold since it was launched in 1990 and it has become Groupe Renault’s best-selling model worldwide. Clio represents the French population's favourite car more than any other model and has risen to the top of its segment in Europe since 2013. In a remarkable sales performance, Clio sales increased each year between 2012 and 2018.
More modern and athletic, the All-New Clio draws on the DNA responsible for its success for nearly 30 years. It builds on the strengths of each of the four previous generations, opening a new and highly anticipated chapter in an illustrious story.
From Clio I, it has all the makings of a larger vehicle. Like the model launched in 1990, the All-New Clio features technology found on higher-end vehicles such as Mégane and Espace. It takes just an instant to notice. Perceived quality and the ergonomics of the driving position were set as priorities for the All-New Clio interior design teams. The cabin takes on a new dimension in perceived quality with high-end materials, a soft coating on the dashboard, door panels and central console surround, and meticulously finished furnishings. Featuring a more compact design to free up space and integrate more in-car technologies, the All-New Clio's all-new ‘Smart Cockpit’ is driver-focused. The wave-like shape underlines the impression of width. Equipped with the widest screens in the segment, it provides resolutely modern ergonomics for a more immersive driving experience. The All-New Clio makes innovations unique to the segment widely accessible, among them an electric parking brake, which is particularly useful in city driving.
More elegant and dynamic from all angles, the All-New Clio inherits the sensual shapes of the previous generation. The new model gains in expressiveness while keeping its sleek profile. At the front, the bonnet incorporates ribs for a sculpted effect. The grille is bigger and the front bumper is more pronounced with a very expressive central air scoop that promotes good engine cooling. In terms of size, the All-New Clio is 14 mm shorter but more spacious inside. The body has been lowered by up to 30 mm for better aerodynamics and extra athleticism. The 17-inch wheels (depending on version) enhance the new model’s dynamic look. Details such as the shark fin antenna, the 100 per cent LED lights, the flush tailgate and the chrome-plated side-window surrounds serve to modernise the exterior and improve perceived quality.
Completely redesigned inside and out, the All-New Clio is more spacious and refined than ever, plus it introduces cutting edge driving assistance and infotainment systems to the supermini class. The All-New Clio also continues Renault’s strong tradition for safety, having already been awarded a five-star EuroNCAP rating.
Following Renault’s simple EasyLife model strategy, the All-New Clio is available in popular Play and Iconic trim levels, as well as new S Edition and R.S. Line versions. All models are extremely well equipped and packed with premium features, yet the All-New Clio remains as affordable as ever.
At the heart of the All-New Renault Clio is a totally new interior that sets new standards for quality, technology and practicality. One of the highlights is the option of new, larger 9.3-inch EASY LINK infotainment screen and a 10-inch TFT instrument cluster - features normally reserved for larger and more expensive cars. From the outset the designers wanted to give the All-New Clio a true premium feel, with soft touch plastics, satin finish metal trim and new, more enveloping seats all helping push the car upmarket. And with careful attention paid to ergonomics, the All-New Clio is the most comfortable and refined version yet.
The ‘Smart Cockpit’ set-up, is made up of a 9.3-inch multimedia screen, standard on S Edition and R.S. Line and optional on the Iconic, plus a 10-inch TFT instrument cluster. The former features a portrait layout and is angled towards the driver, improving screen visibility and usability on the move. Included in the set-up is Renault’s EASY LINK connected system that bundles together all the multimedia, navigation, infotainment and MULTI-SENSE functions. The 10-inch TFT instruments are available as an option on R.S. Line and are fully configurable, allowing the driver to customise the display to include information sat-nav instructions directly in front of the driver.
Not only is the All-New Clio more luxurious than before, it also offers greater customisation with two separate Colour Touch packs that add either red or orange inserts for the dashboard, doors and centre console. On top of this is the availability of ambient lighting, which allows drivers to light the cabin in one of eight different colours.
There’s also more space than ever in the All-New Clio, despite being 12mm shorter and 8mm lower than its predecessor. A new front seat design not only delivers more comfort and support, its carefully shaped semi-soft shell back liberates more legroom for those sitting in the rear. Elsewhere, boot capacity has been increased to a best in class 391 litres, plus the cabin itself boasts a further 26 litres of storage. A double height floor simplifies loading, while the rear seats fold down to provide a flat floor. Even the optional premium BOSE audio system has been carefully designed so that its subwoofer speaker does not encroach on boot volume.
More elegant and dynamic from all angles, the All-New Clio is packed with head-turning visual appeal. And while it retains the old Clio’s sleek profile, which proved to be such a big hit with owners of the previous car, the new car is more distinctive than ever. At the front, the bonnet features sculpted ribs, while the grille is now bigger and the front bumper more pronounced, with a very expressive central air scoop.
This dynamic look is further enhanced by details such the chrome trimmed window surrounds and the hidden window-mounted rear door handles that help give the sporty look of a three-door model. A further innovation is the adoption of full LED headlamps across the range that are flanked by Renault’s C-Shaped daytime running light signature that delivers unrivalled night vision.
Further kerb appeal is added by the addition of several new paint finishes, including Valencia Orange and Celadon Blue. Embodying the model’s vitality, the new Valencia Orange tone offers unprecedented depth and radiance thanks to a specific lacquer treatment that is a first in the automotive industry. As with the exterior there’s the option of contrasting Colour Touch trim embellishments, with Red, Black and Orange inserts for the front grille, side protection strips, rear bumper and alloy wheels.
INNOVATION: SAFETY AND TECHNOLOGY
As you’d expect, the All-New Clio leads the way when it comes to the latest driver assistance technologies. Not only is there the ‘Smart Cockpit’ that allows easier and safer use of infotainment functions on the move, there’s also the option of the EasyDrive advanced driving assistance system, which represents the first step towards a self-driving vehicle. Available on the TCe 130 EDC this advanced system combines adaptive cruise control with lane keep assist to maintain a safe distance to the car in front, help keep the car in its lane and take over braking and acceleration in slow moving traffic.
The Renault EASY LINK multimedia platform features on All-New Clio with either 7-inch or 9.3-inch touchscreens, both of them compatible with Android AutoTM and Apple CarPlayTM. Featuring an all-new smartphone-inspired interface that is more user-friendly and functional, allowing users to customise various screens using widgets to directly access their favourite functions. With of 4G connectivity, there’s also access to constant round of updates and a wide variety of apps, including Google search functions, TomTom and Coyote.
Safety features include lane departure warning and lane keep assist, the former automatically primed at speeds more than 43mph (70km/h), the latter working between 43mph (70km/h) and 99mph (160km/h). Traffic Sign Recognition with speed alert is also included, as is cruise control with a speed limiter function. Active Emergency braking is also included and is bolstered by the latest cyclist and pedestrian detection functionality.
Thanks to careful design and the strategic use of high-strength steel, the Clio is also one of the safest cars in its class, as highlighted by its five-star EuroNCAP rating. All models get autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian and cyclist detection, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, road sign recognition and six airbags.
Specification: over and above the Play-
Specification: over and above the Iconic-
At launch the All-New Clio is available with three engines: two petrol and one diesel.
Starting with the TCe 100, this new petrol engine comes with power and torque figures of 100PS and 160Nm respectively. Fitted as standard with a five-speed manual gearbox the engine is also available from November with a seven-speed CVT gearbox.
Next up is the TCe 130, which makes its debut in the All-New Clio having already been seen in the Kadjar, Mégane and Scénic. Available exclusively with the seven-speed EDC dual-clutch transmission, the sophisticated combination makes for impressive performance and smoothness.
The Blue dCi 85 diesel gets a six-speed manual transmission and is capable of returning an impressive 78.5mpg. Tuned to be as effortless and efficient on a long run as around town, the 1.5-litre unit develops a muscular 220Nm of torque at 1750rpm.
The entry-level three-cylinder naturally aspirated SCe 75 with power and torque figures of 72PS and 95Nm respectively. Fitted as standard with a five-speed manual gearbox, this combines grown-up performance with small car running costs.
From mid-2020 a new-generation Hybrid powertrain will be available. Developed and patented by Renault engineering it combines a 1.6 litre petrol engine that’s mated to an innovative multi-mode gearbox and a pair of electric motors that are powered by a 1.2 kWh lithium ion battery. Combined with the high recharging capacity of the batteries, this makes it possible to drive around town and at low speeds in all-electric mode for around 80 per cent of the time. As a result, there is up to a 40 per cent improvement in fuel consumption compared with a conventional internal-combustion petrol engine during the urban cycle.
The All-New Clio is the latest model to benefit from Renault’s EasyLife strategy, which means there are four trim levels to choose from: Play and Iconic, plus all new S-Edition and R.S. Line. All versions of the All-New Clio come comprehensively equipped.
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