The new Clio will be better to drive and cheaper to run according to Renault who have now set their sights on the Ford Fiesta. The new design director for the new Clio is Laurens van den Acker and this is his first production car developed from the ground up. The Dutch styling chief has been responsible for such concepts as the DeZir, R-Space and Captur show cars. Although the new Renault Clio is more down to earth than his previous concept cars the new Clio has still undergone some major transformations.
The front of the new Clio now features a much more aggressive face which is similar to that found on the DeZir concept vehicle, the lower grille is wider and new LED day time running lights sit just below the main headlamps. The Renault badge is much visible as is the chrome which has been fitted to the upper grille and the headlight surrounds. A Renault spokesman said the new Clio is sportier than before and confirmed that it will feature a unique interior, both in terms of style and packaging.
Renault said the Clio will be sharper to drive too and will feature a range of smaller more efficient turbo petrol and diesel engines. Renaults new advanced 900cc three cylinder turbocharged engine which previewed in the R-Space concept and delivers 108bhp while only producing 95g/km of CO2 emissions has fuel economy figures of 76.3mpg on a combined cycle. The impressive fuel economy figures are down to a host of new technology such as a pulse start system which allows super fast restarts. Renault has combined radio spark plugs and EGR Boost technology which cools and reuses exhaust gases to allow more efficient engine combustion.
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