Renault reveals bold new Clio

September 28 [Fri], 2012, 12:58
Renault has unveiled the new Clio 4, which seeks to win over customers with its attractive blend of emotion and solid core strengths.

The new Clio is the first production model to give full expression to the Renault design renaissance inspired by Laurens van den Acker. The objective was to take the style and emotion of Renault's leading concept cars and carry them over to production models.

The new Clio is instantly recognisable thanks to its front-end styling which features a prominent Renault logo, set bold and upright against a gloss black background, a signature first seen on the DeZir concept car. This frontal treatment is made more distinctive still by the headlights units, which include chrome details, and LED daytime running lights.

Available exclusively in a five-door form, the new Clio has a sporty silhouette, accentuated by the integrated rear door handles concealed close to the rear quarter lights.

Renault designers paid particularly careful attention to achieving balanced proportions for the new Clio that exude dynamism, sportiness and confidence. Standing at 4062mm in length, 1732mm wide (excluding mirrors) and 1448mm tall, it sits 45mm closer to the ground than its predecessor. Meanwhile, the front and rear track have been significantly widened (by between 34 and 36mm).

The lower ride-height ensures an assertive stance which is also beneficial to the car's aerodynamics.

The new Clio's coupé-like silhouette is accentuated by the integrated rear door handles concealed close to the rear quarter lights. The ratio of wheel-size to vehicle-height has been fine-tuned for a more dynamic look. The large-diameter wheels are pushed 15mm outwards in comparison to Clio 3 in order to fill and finish flush with the wheel arches. A steeply raked windscreen adds to this dynamic feel, as does the improved glass/body ratio when new Clio is seen from the side (one-third and two-thirds respectively).

The desire to combine beauty with functionality shows through clearly in numerous aspects of the interior design, from the dashboard in the shape of an aircraft wing, to the neat packaging of the multimedia systems in the centre console, the availability of stowage space throughout the cabin and careful attention to detail.

On the multimedia front, the new Clio packs an unprecedented double punch for this level of range with its smart technology, while audio quality has been boosted by the introduction of the Renault Bass reflex system, and Renault sets the standard again with its uncompromising safety.

Renault R-Link's user-friendly 18cm touchscreen display forms an integral part of the modern centre console and provides a full range of multimedia functions (navigation, radio, Bluetooth telephony and audio-streaming, connectivity for portable music players, connected services, "eco" driving, etc.) in one place for maximum comfort and enjoyment.