Renault introduced the new and improved Clio hatchback in Cape Town this week, according to “Wheels24”, the new GT-Line boasts design tweaks, new tech and a more powerful turbo engine.
The new Clio sports the brand’s new visual identity through its distinctive front-end styling featuring a bolder version of its trademark diamond-shaped logo, instantly expressing passion and seduction, while continuing to offer a comprehensive range of equipment - notably efficient engines, innovation and on-board technologies that far outrivals competitor offerings, says Renault.
The local success of the model range is evidenced with more than 20 000 Clio 4 models been sold since its 2013 launch. April 2017 also sees the introduction of the much anticipated new Clio GT-Line.
The most stylish Clio yet, claims the automaker, sees the exterior of the new Clio (phase 2) with a new grille and C-shaped signature lighting. The lower, re-proportioned grid is now broader while the rear skirt has been redesigned.
The updated modern and distinctive styling of the Clio is further enhanced by the new Pure Vision LED headlights (higher specced variants), as well as its stylish alloys. The updated Clio benefits from the use of finishing materials previously reserved for Renault’s top-of-the-range models, striking the balance between seductive exterior styling and a high quality interior finish.
Renault's versatile R&Go application has now been introduced into the Authentique derivative. R&Go is a smartphone/tablet multifunction application that adds innovative functionality to the vehicle.
Connected to the vehicle through the radio using Bluetooth, this application enables remote control of the user’s car radio, with the smartphone screen presenting an extended dashboard to display additional features. A dedicated cradle which houses the smartphone/tablet ensures safer and more comfortable use.
The rest of the new range sports Renault’s MediaNav integrated navigation/multi-media system with large 18cm touchscreen display, offering a wide range of functionalities to further enhance the overall driving experience.
Renault’s new generation F1-inspired 66kW and 88kW Turbo petrol are power the new hatchback. An 88kW Auto variant is also available in the Expression derivative.
New Clio GT-Line
The GT-Line exterior is differentiated from the rest of the new Clio range through its uniquely designed 17” titanium grey alloys, matching door mirrors, titanium grey inserts on side door protectors and boot lid, and distinctive fog light surrounds. In addition, the restyled front bumper with GT-Line scoops, sporty rear diffuser and chrome tail piece strongly support the striking GT-Line styling.
The Clio GT-Line cabin sees several Renault Sport influenced elements, such as the RS leather steering wheel with the GT-Line insert, R.S. “Zamac” gear knob, leather gear lever and handbrake with distinctive blue stitching, GT-Line embossed headrests, and sport front seats with special upholstery and extra side support.
Even more enthralling is the introduction of the responsive and flexible 1.2 Turbo engine, with notably increased power and higher torque output thanks to the R.S. input (88kW delivering a remarkable 205Nm). The combination of this impressive engine mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox is a first for the Clio range.
This sporty vehicle is capable of a top speed of 199km/ h, achieving 0-100km in 9 seconds.
The engine represents the perfect balance between performance and efficiency with an impressive fuel consumption of only 5.3l/ 100km and CO2 emissions (118g/ km) below the tax threshold.
Smart Technology forms part of the DNA of the new Clio GT-Line, with its integrated 7” Touchscreen MediaNav, with multi-function capabilities, including a useful ECO driving mode, and innovative features which enable driving convenience such as Cruise Control and Speed Limiter.
The new Clio GT-Line embodies the splendid Clio genes, but more amplified…
The new Renault Clio achieved a five star EuroNCAP rating and, says Renault, ranks as one of the 5 safest cars in South Africa.
As with Renault’s entire range, the new Clio models come standard with a 5-year or 150 000km mechanical warranty and a 6-year anti-corrosion warranty. The Clio range also boasts a standard 3-year or 45 000km service plan, with service intervals at 15 000km.
New Clio 88kW Turbo GT-Line 5dr - R264 900
Other models in the Clio range
Clio 66kW Turbo Authentique 5dr -R206 900
Clio 66kW Turbo Expression 5dr - R226 900
Clio 66kW Turbo Dynamique 5dr - R244 900
Clio 88kW Turbo EDC Expression 5dr - R264 900
7” Touchscreen Navigation (MediaNAV) & leather steering wheel Authentique - R10 000
Fixed glass roof Dynamique - R8000
Metallic paint Full range - R2000