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Renault reveals smart new Clio

Wednesday, 13th February, 2019 5:02pm

Renault recently presented the all-new 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 the B segment in Europe since 2013. In a remarkable sales performance, Clio sales increased each year between 2012 and 2018.

“The fifth generation Clio is very important for us as it is the best-seller in its segment and the second best-selling car in Europe, all categories combined. The Clio is an icon, and the latest features the very best of the previous generations,” said Laurens van den Acker, Senior Vice President, Corporate Design at Renault.

“The exterior design of Clio IV won over our customers and continues to do so today, so we chose to keep that DNA while bringing modernity and elegance to the new model. The interior has undergone a true revolution, with a considerable improvement in perceived quality, greater sophistication and technology. It is the best Clio yet,” he said.

The all-new Clio is the first to be fitted with air deflectors on the front wheel arches. The deflectors serve to limit friction and boost aerodynamics, thereby reducing fuel consumption. As a bonus, they lend a dynamic and sporty air to the design of the Clio.

The headlights on the now 100 per cent LED entry version, are equipped with the C-Shape light signature that characterises Renault models.

The boot architecture has been optimised to make its shape as cubic as possible.

The premium Bose audio system has been fully integrated and therefore does not encroach on boot volume, which has been increased to 391 litres (plus 26 litres of interior storage space), making it the largest in the segment. The double floor simplifies everyday loading, while the rear seats fold down to provide a flat floor.

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.

A key component of the Smart Cockpit, the 9.3 inch multimedia screen (twice as large as the 7 inch version) is the biggest ever on a Renault model. For the first time, the Clio is equipped with a digital screen replacing the traditional analogue display.

The technology has been adopted directly from higher-end segments. Measuring seven to ten inches, the TFT screen can be used to customise the driving experience in a highly intuitive manner. The ten inch version will include GPS navigation in the display.

With its two, 9.3 inch and ten inch screens, the Clio boasts the largest screens in its category.

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