Renault amazed us today with the all-new Clio, the car that takes a huge leap into the future as far as styling goes.
The new model will be sold only with a turbocharged 1.6-liter engine linked to a 6-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox. It has the same amount of power as the model it replaces – 197 bhp (147 kW) – but at 6,000 rpm as opposed to the outgoing version which provides the entire horsepower at 7,200 rpm.
The design looks more aggressive than the standard fourth-gen Clio, with a front F1-style blade, a spoiler and rear diffuser, LED daylight running lights, sill extensions and redesigned bumpers. As standard, the car has starter button, hands free entry, Bluetooth and USB support, touchscreen navigation and the company’s new R-Link infotainment system. Optional the buyer may require parking sensors, automatic climate control and seats wrapped around in leather.
The standard model comes with 17-inch alloy wheels but for more money 18-inch alloys are available. On the other hand, the stopping power comes from the 320mm discs at the front which are 8mm bigger than the ones on the outgoing Clio RS.
In Europe, customers can choose between two different chassis including, the Sport version that is said to offer an optimum balance of sportiness and comfort in everyday motoring, and the Cup chassis designed with a stiffer suspension that also rides 5mm closer to the ground.