RENAULT weren’t just adventurous with a design that is striking and fresh, they were also daring with the price when they launched the all new Clio.
To back up Clio’s contemporary look, Ireland’s Expression model will also be priced to tackle rivals head on, including an eye-catching entry price of €14,990, or €149 per month from Renault Finance. Clio will be available solely in 5-door guise, with a coupe like silhouette incorporating hidden read door handles and a sportier profile.
New Renault Clio champions Renault’s new design identity which places the emphasis on simplicity, warmth and sensuality. Designed by the same team as Renault’s concept car DeZir, new Clio’s sleek exterior look is certainly a head turner.
Combined with attractive pricing, new technology, a wide array of new options and state-of-the-art engines, the French brand is aiming for the top of the hotly contested supermini class.
Kicking off the Clio line-up is a new Expression trim level, available with the 1.2 16V 75 bhp engine. Far from being a stripped-out base version though, and in keeping with Renault’s reputation for providing well-equipped models versus the competition, it benefits from a 4x20W radio with Bluetooth and USB connection, Bass Reflex system (enhanced speaker sound quality), driver/passenger/front side airbags, 60/40 split-folding rear seat, daytime running lights, ESC, Hill Start Assist, height and reach adjustable steering wheel, electric front windows and door mirrors, keyless entry and ignition, plus cruise control and speed limiter.
Road tax for the 1.2 engine is €225 per annum.
New petrol and diesel engines
To combine low fuel consumption and driving enjoyment, the new Clio line-up features an extensively renewed range of petrol and diesel engines. The new Energy TCe 90 petrol engine is the first three-cyclinder engine to be produced by Renault and combines particularly low fuel consumption and CO2 emissions with punchy response.
The latest-generation Energy dCi diesel engines have also been extensively revised and the introduction of a new 90-horsepower version of the Energy dCi is equipped with Stop&Start technology. Emitting only 83g/km, this diesel engine is the most economical in its class with the lowest CO2 emissions and €160 annual road tax.
New Clio boasts a spacious and comfortable interior, with large and practical boot (300 litres). It is also rigorously designed, achieving the highest possible level of active and passive safety (5 stars Euro NCAP new rating, best in class in three out of four categories).
In terms of safety, Renault committed to achieving high standards of active and passive safety when designing new Clio.
EuroNCAP ratings are based on four chief criteria, namely adult, child and pedestrian protection, plus driver aids. Another development means that vehicles are now assessed on the basis of their entry-level versions (ie the least well-equipped in terms of standard safety features). Based on the new evaluation procedure, new Clio achieved a maximum EuroNCAP rating of five stars.
New Clio does not rest on its passive safety laurels and can also claim a number of solid advantages in terms of handling, road holding and braking, thanks in part to its longer wheelbase and wider track.
All versions include the following standard safety equipment - ESC (Electronic Stability Control), ABS, Emergency Brake Assist and driver aids like visual and audible seat belt reminders for all passengers (standard) while allll versions are fitted with cruise control and speed limiter.
Buoyed by the passion of the teams behind its design, new Clio, like its predecessor, continues to pack features that are normally only associated with larger cars and responds to market demands in a rational, yet emotional way.
Julien Lelorrain, Marketing Director, Renault Ireland said the new Clio embodies the renewal of Renault Design as part of an approach based on sensuality and warmth.
“New Clio allies a head turning design, come with economical engines, highest level of safety with 5 stars Euro Ncap and yet at very affordable price starting from €14990 or €149 per month with Renault Finance,” he said. “New Clio is the perfect car for those looking for a beautiful yet affordable car.”
The Dynamique version ups the equipment stakes and also the overall sporty feel, inside and out. Among its highlights are chrome inserts and surrounds around headlights, body coloured door mirrors and 16” Passion alloy wheels.
The specification tally moves upmarket with the addition of a 7” touchscreen MediaNav navigation system coupled with an Arkamys® Bluetooth radio and USB connection, air conditioning and leather steering wheel.
Key to these is the appearance of R-Link, the first in a Renault, before it is rolled out across other models in the range. The ingenious system forms part of a fully integrated tablet with a 7-inch colour touchscreen, featuring a wealth of clever touches to make life easier and more enjoyable for everyone on board.
Among them are voice recognition, email access (when stationary), a photo and video viewer, eco tip driving software and TomTom navigation with LIVE services and a number of apps on offer for customers. Clios specified with the system, can also benefit from the 4x35W 3D Sound by Arkamys®, offering premium sound quality for a fraction of the cost of most high-end systems.
The latest Clio already stands out from the crowd, but for discerning customers looking to tailor their own Clio, there’s a whole new world of core-range personalisation too.