Renault has finally unveiled the 4th generation of the Clio, a model that now boasts lots of new content and a heavily revised design. Since the inception of the first model something like 22 years ago, over 11.5 million units have been sold in over 115 countries, and Renault is aiming at continuing this success with the new incarnation of the Clio that comes with a very modern and contemporary design inspired by the current aesthetic trends of the French brand. The front-end boldly shows off the diamond plated symbol of house, while new headlamps with LED daytime running lights characterize the machine and provides it with a very personal and distinctive look. Besides, the new range offers plenty of options for the customization of the car: Renault makes it possible for customers to choose among different finishes for its wing-mirrors, front grille, trunk lid, lower door caps and rims. The interior of the car is fully customizable too: customers will be able to choose the materials and colors of the car’s upholstery and door panels as usual, but on the top of that they will also be able to select the color of the vents, gearbox frame, steering wheel and inserts on the dashboard.
The new Renault Clio will be available in a 5-door configuration only, but its pretty sporty look is not being ruined by the presence of the rear doors, whose handles are hidden by the windows within the frame of the door itself. The car will be launched with 8 different color options for its bodywork and will use a number of nice interior fittings culminating in its Renault R-Link infotainment system, which comes with a 7-inch touch screen embedded in the center of the dashboard. Vocal commands, customizable home page and ease of use are its strong points, and we have to say that the inclusion of this device on the car is somewhat of a unique feature in this segment.
The R-Link store will also allow users to download new applications at any time, although some other apps such as the TomTom sat-nav with real time traffic updates and the Coyote - a service available in certain countries only that warns the driver about dangerous roads and speed cameras - will be immediately available. As standard equipment, all variants of the new Clio will come with the Renault Bass Reflex, an advanced audio system that allows you to recreate the effect of a home audio system, with excellent bass performance, Bluetooth connection and USB docks. Keep on reading after the ‘jump’.
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At launch, the engine range will consist of 2 different units, one petrol and diesel, which will then be joined in the first half of 2013 by the new TCe 120 engine. The new Energy TCe 90 is a small 3-cylinder terbocharged gasoline engine credited with an output of 90 hp and 135 Nm of peak torque available at 2,000 rpm, with 90% of the torque already available at 1,650 rpm. The consumption of this version is rated 4.5 liters per 100 km, with emissions of 105 grams of CO2 per km. The other ‘petrol’ is the aforementioned TCe 120, a 1.2-liter four-cylinder engine that - thanks to direct injection and turbine - will boast an output of no less than 120 hp and 190 Nm of maximum torque at 1,750 rpm. However, this engine is still being tested at the moment an for this reason it is supposed to join the fold in the first 6 months of the next year. The TCE 120 will be mated to an automatic EDC gearbox (Efficient Dual Clutch), which will optimize the exploitation of the power produced by the engine.
As for the diesel option, it is a 1.5-litre Energy dCi 90 unit producing 90 hp and 220 Nm of torque at 1,750 rpm, with a claimed fuel consumption of only 3.4 liters per 100 km and with average CO2 emissions of 90 g / km. The new Clio should hit the showrooms in the final quarter of the current year, right after the official unveiling at the 2012 Paris Motor Show.