“THE BEST EVER”
Renault is presenting the new Clio, the fifth generation of the automotive icon having sold some 15 million units. Launched in 1990 the Clio has become Groupe Renault’s best-selling model worldwide. Designed according to the “Evolution and Revolution” principle, the new Renault Clio rewrites the rule book with more mature body styling and an entirely revamped interior. The Clio is an icon, and the latest features the very best of the previous generations. The exterior design of Clio IV won over our customers and continues to do so today, so we chose to keep that DNA while bringing modernity and elegance to the new model. The interior has undergone a true revolution, with a considerable improvement in perceived quality, greater sophistication and technology. It is the best Clio ever”, said Laurens van den Acker, Senior Vice President, Corporate Design.
More elegant and dynamic from all angles, the car inherits the sensual shapes of the previous generation. The new model gains in expressiveness while keeping its sleek profile. At the front, the hood incorporates ribs for a sculpted effect. The grille is bigger and the front bumper is more pronounced with a very expressive central air scoop that promotes good engine cooling. This Clio is the first to be fitted with air deflectors on the front wheel arches. The deflectors serve to limit friction and boost aerodynamics, thereby reducing fuel consumption. As a bonus, they lend a dynamic and sporty air to the design of the car. The headlights on the Clio, now 100% LED from the first trim level, are equipped with the C-Shape light signature that characterizes Renault models. They lend the All-new Clio a more expressive look, underscored by the diamond motif topping the light and adding extra elegance.
As with the headlights, the more expressive rear lights feature a new C-Shape light signature with a particularly strong effect of depth. A third, longer and thinner brake light is fitted on the top of the rear window.The sleek profile of the previous generation, symbolized by the window-mounted rear door handles, has been improved through a number of aesthetic choices. These include chrome-plated window surrounds, gloss black window pillars and rear handles, lower side panels hollowed out of the sheet metal, and the chrome-plated Clio signature. The care and detail paid to the body sides also boost the perceived quality of the exterior. The rear comprises chrome-plated lines as seen on the sides. The design of the trunk, and in particular the flush fit between tailgate and bumper, was reworked for extra perceived quality. Lights overflowing on the tailgate give a wider width to the rear of the car.
Perceived quality and driving station ergonomics were set as priorities for the All-new Clio interior design teams. The cabin takes on a new dimension in perceived quality with high-end materials, a soft coating on the dashboard, door panels and central console surround, and meticulously finished furnishings. Featuring a more compact design to free up space and integrating more in-car technologies, the All-new Clio’s all-new “Smart Cockpit” is driver-focused. A key component of the Smart Cockpit, the 9.3-inch multimedia screen (twice as large as the 7-inch version) is the biggest ever on a Renault model. The vertical and subtly curved tablet, inspired by that on Espace, visually enlarges the dashboard, lends the cabin a more contemporary feel and improves screen visibility. Particular attention was paid to the quality of the All-new Clio’s entirely redesigned dashboard. It is divided into three parts: a top panel with a foamed coating, a coated and customizable central panel, and a lower area housing functional components such as the glove box.