Renault didn’t wait for the new Clio to completely leak out on the internet and released the official details and pictures of it. The Renault Clio IV is about 110 percent different than the car it replaces. It comes with new, daring looks, and tons of interesting features. The car is designed based on the new Renault design language which is supposed to add more emotion to the mix. Fine, but did it have to have such a big logo up front?
I suppose that is to match the bold new grille and the big headlights. The front-end looks a bit weird, but apart form that, the car looks pretty nice, even though the rear-end does like a certain SEAT model. The interior is pretty nice too. A simple elegant design with high quality materials.
The new Clio does offer a wide range of options to personalize the car with stuff like a selection of door mirror housings, grille bars, rear panel skirts, lower door protectors and wheel finishes, as well as graphics. For the interior the dashboard, door panels, steering wheel, grab handles, gear lever surround, air vent surrounds, upholstery materials and optional floor mats can be customized.
To mention some of the cars new and cool features, it gets MEDIA NAV system with a big screen and lots of built-in apps, Renault Bass Reflex system for awesome sound quality, Bluetooth radio, EDC dual-clutch gearbox, and Renault R-Link tablet.
As for the engines, there’s a new three-cylinder, turbocharged 900cc unit with 90 hp and 135 Nm, and average fuel consumption of 4.3 liter/100 km, a four-cylinder 1.5-litre diesel engine with 220Nm and 90 hp, and the four-cylinder 1.2-litre engine with 120 hp and 190Nm of torque, mated to the six-speed EDC.
The new Clio is a fabulous car. It’s really hard to fault it. It seems to have all the bases covered. Okay, so the design is a bit controversial, but it’s daring, and that’s cool. Further details and pricing of 2013 Renault Clio will be released at the Paris Motor Show in September.