It was the year 1990 when the first Renault Clio was launched and since then close to 11.5 million Clios have been sold across the globe in more than 115 countries. And recently the French major has unveiled the fourth generation of Renault Clio.
Carlos Tavares (Chief Operating Officer) said, “New Clio is set to make a real mark. In addition to an unprecedented package of innovations, its design marks a major shift from that of previous models.”
“New Renault Clio was conceived as a piece of sensuous sculpture which stimulates desire. Like muscles, its curves express the dynamism radiated by the DeZir concept car. No acute or aggressive angles, just voluptuous curves that make you want to go up to it and caress it.” Laurens van den Acker (Senior Vice President, Corporate Design)
Official Promotional Video Of 2013 Renault Clio
The Renault DeZir concept car is the foundation for the styling of the Clio and the company wants to carry the style and emotion of their concept cars to their production models. Talking about the looks of the car, alike the DeZir the 2013 Clio has a prominent Renault logo and extra big headlamps. LED daytime running lights, chrome grille, lower ride height, wider wheel tracks are some of the highlighting and improved features. Another very interesting feature to note on the car’s body is the rear door handles which are now positioned close to the rear quarter lights.
On the inside the car comes packed with a number of innovations such as Renault R-Link which is an integrated tablet connected to the car and the internet acting as a bridge between the outside world and the car. A 7-inch touchscreen with voice command feature and a home page feature which the driver can customize in accordance with essential functions he/she often uses, without having to take his or her eyes off the road. The car also features an onboard connected navigation, TomTom that fetches market’s best real-time traffic information. An advanced eco-driving function is also there which analyses the behavior of the driver and provides advice to help reduce fuel consumption.
All the Clios also come with Renault’s groundbreaking Bass Reflex system. The system delivers the quality of a 30-litre home speaker system with its front door integrated loudspeakers.
Engine options include the following:
- New energy TCe 90 petrol engine: A 899 CC petrol unit with Stop Start technology putting out 90 BHP and 135 Nm at 2,000 RPM. The car returns 23.26 KMPL of mileage and emits 99 g/km of CO2.
- New Diesel energy dCi 90: A 90 BHP version of the 1.5 litre dCi diesel unit offering 220 Nm of peak torque available from 1750 RPM. The same returns 31 KMPL and emits 83 g/km of CO2.
- New TCe 120: A 1.2 litre engine with a 6 speed EDC (Efficient Dual Clutch) automatic transmission delivering 120 BHP of max power and 190 Nm @ 1750 RPM of peak torque.
One of the most desired feature of personalization is what Renault is going to offer with this car. A broadest ever personalization programme with personalization options covering selection of colour touches to the front grille, dashboard, door panels, steering wheel, grab handles, gear lever and air vent surrounds, upholstery materials and optional floor mats.
From 12th of July the company will start inviting website visitors to take a virtual test drive and in September 2012 the company will launch the car. Renault India did showcase the Renault Dezir concept at the Auto Expo 2012 in India and the possibility of Clio launch in India can also not be ruled out. As per the near future, we can not expect the Clio in India, maybe by 2013 End or in 2014 Renault India may consider Clio for India. How do you like the car, would you but it if launched in India at premium pricing? Let us know by leaving a comment below.