RENAULT WORLD PREMIERE OF NEW CLIO 4

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A new style that’s simple, sensuous and warm – to make you fall in love with Renault Clio…again

Clio 4 highlights:

  • First new Renault to feature company’s new design identity from the
    outset: simple, sensuous and warm
  • New Clio Renaultsport 200 Turbo – see separate Press kit
  • New Clio 4 Estate (not on sale in UK)
  • Personalisation inside and out is key ingredient
  • Three new engines: TCe 90 Stop&Start (0.9-litre three-cylinder
    petrol turbo - 65.7 mpg and 99 g/km), 1.2 TCe 120 EDC (Efficient Dual Clutch)
    and 1.5 dCi 90 Stop&Start offering 88.3 mpg and 83 g/km CO
    2
    emissions
  • First EDC (Efficient Dual Clutch) transmission in small Renault –
    1.2 TCe 120 and 1.6 Turbo 200
  • New Renault R-Link – link between car and the connected world (and
    R-Link Store)
  • New Renault Bass Reflex system

 

New Clio is the first production model to give full expression to the Renault design renaissance inspired by Laurens van den Acker. The promise was to take the style and emotion of the brand’s concept cars and carry them over to production models. New Clio fulfils that pledge. The Renault logo, now more vertical and set proudly against a black background, stands out as a symbol of this renaissance.

 

“Simple, sensuous and warm: these are the three words that sum up the design of Clio – just like that of DeZir. This is no accident, for both these vehicles were designed by the same team. As a five-door hatchback with the coupé profile of a three-door, New Clio is all about passion. And thanks to the skills of our engineering teams, it has remained faithful to our original vision”Antony Villain, Director, Exterior Design Studio

 

Smoothly flowing and free from hard edges, New Clio’s design is all about volumes. Renault’s designers have paid close attention to achieving balanced proportions. It is a low-slung car (height: 1,448mm) and sits 45mm lower than Clio III, with ground clearance reduced by 10mm. It is wider in track (+34 to 36mm compared with Clio III), while the lower ride height not only provides the car with a purposeful stance, but also benefits its aerodynamics. With pronounced shoulder lines, New Clio’s coupé-like silhouette is accentuated by 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, while the large-diameter wheels are pushed 15 mm outwards compared with Clio III in order to fill and finish flush with the wheelarches. A steeply raked windscreen accentuates this dynamic feel, as does the improved glass to body ratio when New Clio is seen from the side (two-thirds and one-third respectively).

 

A welcoming and user-friendly interior – space for a modern lifestyle

 

The design strategy of combining aesthetics with functionality is clearly visible in numerous aspects of the interior, including the dashboard in the shape of an aircraft wing, the neat packaging of the multimedia systems in the centre console, the availability of stowage areas throughout the cabin; careful attention to detail and the invigorating ambience generated by the choice of colours. A wide spectrum of colour choices and chrome or gloss black highlights add warmth to the cabin, and these colours and motifs are echoed in the dashboard trim strip, door panels and seats. Even the entry-level versions feature upholstery inserts and coloured overstitching.

 

Core-range personalisation – within everyone’s reach

 

New Clio opens up the world of personalisation to a far wider audience. Centred for once on a five-door family hatchback rather than a three-door or premium version, the personalisation programme covers the biggest-selling versions.

 

New Clio personalisation programme – the essentials:

 

  • available for core-range versions,
  • a wide variety of exterior and interior features that can
    be personalised,
  • striking and original graphics,
  • easy to co-ordinate elements, especially in the cabin,
  • assembly is in the factory to Renault
    quality standards.
  • New Clio: personalisation programme

 

The personalisation programme developed for New Clio is founded on a choice of two distinctive decor themes (‘Le Mans’ and ‘Tricolore’ - UK), plus three configurations covering the body colour, the dominant colour of the graphics and
wheels, plus roof decal design. These configurations are only guides, but each customer will have the freedom to choose the interior and exterior look of their New Clio – together or separately – from the several thousand possible combinations. Thanks to a 3D configurator that can be found both on the internet and at Renault dealerships, it will be simple for customers to mix, match and visualise different propositions.

 

The personalisation programme was built into the design process from the very beginning of New Clio’s design and emphasises the new car’s assertive character. Areas that could be personalised were dialled in at an early stage, while features are fitted directly on the assembly line to ensure incomparable quality.

 

FOR THE EXTERIOR:

 

The items that can be personalised are:

 

  • The door mirror housings and rear bumper apron (Gloss Black), plus the
    grille, tailgate and side protective moulding trims (Chrome, Black, Red, Blue or
    Ivory).
  • A choice of two colours for the 16-inch ‘Passion’ alloy wheels (Black or
    Ivory), and a choice of four colours for the 17-inch ‘Desire’ alloy wheels which
    will be available from November 2012 (Black, Red, Blue or Ivory).
  • Two different roof decal designs: ‘Le Mans’ and ‘Tricolore’.

 

FOR THE INTERIOR:

 

  • A choice of three colours (Black, Red or Blue) for the dashboard trim strip and door panel trims coordinated with highlights on the upholstery. Colour co-ordinated carpet mats are also available for each trim as accessories.
  • Gloss colour touches for the steering wheel, door panels, gear lever surround and air vent surrounds are available in a choice of five colours (Black, Red, Blue, Grey or Ivory) and two themes (‘Le Mans, and ‘Tricolore’).These highlights are directly incorporated using a technique known as insert
    moulding.

 

On the Renault stand in Paris…

 

  • Two ‘personalised’ versions of New Clio (featuring ‘Trendy’ (Tricolore in
    UK) and ‘Elegant’ graphics).
  • One-tenth scale models.
  • Wheels of different sizes and colours.
  • Interior personalisation features: steering wheel, air vents, door panel,
    examples of upholstery fabric and leather, etc.

 

Plus display screens and various supports to provide a visual presentation of the offer’s scope.

 

WORLD PREMIERE OF NEW CLIO ESTATE: EQUALLY AS ELEGANT

 

New Renault Clio Estate is one of the major reveals on Renault’s stand at the Paris Motor Show. The newcomer shares the same dynamic breeding as the hatchback but has its own distinct identity, with carefully honed forms created by designer Yohann Ory. New Clio Estate will appear in showrooms from the first quarter of 2013 (depending on market).

 

An assertive personality inspired by the classic shooting brake

 

“ Thanks to its athletic proportions, New Clio Estate is not only practical, but also extremely elegant.”Yohann Ory Designer of New Clio Estate

 

Research reveals that estate car customers are strongly drawn towards the aesthetic design cues of shooting brakes. New Renault Clio certainly has the style and it also dials in practicality and versatility for good measure. The Estate’s wheelbase is identical to that of the hatchback, although the rear overhang has been extended by 201 mm to 823 mm. With an overall length of 4,262 mm, New Clio Estate is high on style and, at the same time, is compact and accommodating. Its profile features a long bonnet and pronounced rear shoulders, while its lines stretch rearwards towards to an upright tailgate that points to the car’s high carrying capacity. As on the hatchback, the rear door handles are concealed. The smooth, flowing lines are accentuated by the integration of the B and C pillars which are flush with the surface of the glass, while the roof
appears to float to emphasise the design’s overall elegance.

 

New Clio Estate is even more versatile than its hatchback sibling and will appeal to customers looking for a car that stands out as a strong design statement, but which is also extremely practical. The space at the front has been thought through carefully, as has access to the 430 dm3 VDA luggage area. This is 130 dm3, or 30 per cent bigger, than that of the already roomy hatchback, and the loading sill has also been lowered significantly. Thanks to the combination of the cargo area’s flat floor and the ability of the front passenger seat to fold flat, New Clio Estate offers ‘record’ maximum load length. This versatile feature is unique to New Clio Estate and stands out as a significant ‘plus’ in its class.

 

NEW CLIO: PACKED WITH INNOVATIONS

 

World premiere for Bluetooth® radios with Renault Bass Reflex system

 

All versions of New Renault Clio feature a clever integrated sound system in the front-door speakers. This system, named Renault Bass Reflex, is capable of reproducing volume and a level of listening comfort equivalent to 30-litre home speak ers. Bass reproduction quality has been improved, while the saturation and distortion thresholds have been pushed back.

 

The entire New Renault Clio range features radios with Bluetooth® connectivity which permits hands-free telephony and audio streaming playback from portable devices with excellent sound quality. All radios feature USB ports and jack sockets.  Features normally associated with bigger cars

 

New Clio pays real attention to detail when it comes to the traveling experience enjoyed by occupants. As always with Renault, the difference stems from a suite of new functions, or functions only previously available in higher segments, which have been grouped together to form a simple package.

 

New Clio owners will benefit from Hill Start Assist with nearly every engine, while cruise control with speed limiter, ESC, ASR traction control, ABS, emergency brake assist and variable-rate electric power steering are standard across the range.

 

For ease of use, all versions feature keyless entry (with electronic card), a height- and reach-adjustable steering wheel, electric front windows and door mirrors and ‘motorway mode’ indicators. Some versions feature automatic climate control with a charcoal pollen filter and toxicity sensor, as well as a reversing camera.

  

 

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