While we wait for the 2013 Renault Clio RS to come out from under its camo, the fourth-geneeration Clio hatch it's based on has just been fully revealed. The new car has been given gifts from every department: it's lost 220 pounds, its design showcases the French marque's new corporate identity, under the hood it gets new engines (including the company's first three-cylinder), a dual-clutch transmission, and infotainment moves on a step with the customizable R-Link touchscreen system and R-Link app store.

This Clio will only come as a five-door hatch, but it offers a serious amount of personalization options inside and out to separate each car from what will likely be a very large herd. In addition to the contrasting colors available on everything from the grille insert to the steering wheel, the R-Link home screen can be arranged according to user preference, and the app R-Link ecosystem is being encouraged by Renault's appeals to developer talent and startups. There's also the slightly gimmicky R-Sound Effect, which can pipe "six different engine sound profiles" into the cabin when you tire of the natural, small-displacement exhaust note.

More substantive developments are found under the hood, in the form of an available three-cylinder turbocharged, 0.9-liter TCe 90 gas engine with 90 horsepower and 100 pound-feet of torque. Other engine choices include a 1.2-liter TCe 120 gas with 120 horsepower and the 1.5-liter dCi 90 diesel with 90 hp and 162 lb-ft. The latter two powerplants will be paired with a six-speed dual-clutch transmission.

The new Clio will go on sale early next year. Before then we'll see it at the Paris Auto Salon in September, and before that you can learn almost everything there is to know about it in the high-res gallery of photos and the press release and numerous videos below.



















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RENAULT UNVEILS FOURTH-GENERATION CLIO

- Fourth-generation Clio unveiled today ahead of Paris Motor Show world debut. Launches in the UK early 2013
- Sensual and passionate design including DeZir concept styling cues, plus first model from launch to feature new Renault corporate identity
- New engines with low CO2 and impressive fuel economy: first Renault three-cylinder turbocharged petrol (0.9-litre TCe 90), 1.2 TCe 120 and 1.5 dCi 90
- New technologies: R-Link integrated and internet connected touchscreen tablet (plus R-Link Store - automotive industry's first-ever Application Store), rear parking camera and R-Sound Effect app
- EDC (Efficient Dual Clutch) transmission offered for first time in Clio
- Five-door model only, including Renaultsport
- On average, 100kg lighter than predecessor
- Personalisation is prominent feature both inside and out


(03/07/12) -- Since the launch of the original model in 1990, some 11.5 million Clios have been sold in more than 115 countries. Today, a new chapter in Clio's history is about to be written with the unveiling of the fourth-generation version.

"New Clio is set to make a real mark. In addition to an unprecedented package of innovations, its design marks a major shift from that of previous models." Carlos Tavares (Chief Operating Officer)

New Renault Clio, an incarnation of the brand's new styling identity
New Renault Clio is the first production model to give full expression to the Renault design renaissance inspired by Laurens van den Acker, Senior Vice-President, Corporate Design. The promise was to take the style and emotion of the brand's latest concept cars and carry them over to production models. Renault's new supermini fulfils that promise.

"New Renault Clio was conceived as a piece of sensuous sculpture which stimulates desire. Like muscles, its curves express the dynamism radiated by the DeZir concept car. No acute or aggressive angles, just voluptuous curves that make you want to go up to it and caress it." Laurens van den Acker (Senior Vice President, Corporate Design)

Balanced, dynamic exterior proportions
New Clio stands out through its front-end design which features a prominent Renault logo, set bold and upright to a gloss black background, an arrangement first seen on the DeZir concept car. This frontal treatment is further emphasised by the headlights – the lower edge of which is picked out in chrome – and LED daytime running lights. Offered only in five-door form, New Clio has a sporty silhouette, accentuated by integrated rear door handles concealed close to the rear quarter lights. In comparison with its predecessor, it packs extra dynamism and personality thanks to a lower ride height, wider tracks, wheels pushed out wide within the arches, and a reduction in the gap between the wheels and wheel arches. From launch, New Clio will be offered in a choice of eight body colours, including the launch colour which is derived from the red used for DeZir.

A fresh, welcoming, occupant-friendly cabin
Safe, protective and refreshing, the interior of New Renault Clio perfectly complements the exterior style to inspire confidence and energy. Comfort goes hand-in-hand with a modern feel and user-friendliness thanks to the dashboard sculpted in the shape of an aircraft wing, the optimally-positioned multimedia system on the centre console, a wide range of colour options, a digital speedometer, comfortable seats and chrome and gloss-black trim highlights.

Broadest-ever personalisation programme & long list of affordable options
Exterior and interior personalisation was dialled into New Renault Clio's design process at the outset. From launch, buyers will be able to personalise the outside of their car with a selection of colour touches to the front grille, rear and side door inserts. To personalise the interior, the menu covers the dashboard, door panels, steering wheel, grab handles, gear lever and air vent surrounds, upholstery materials and optional floor mats. Thanks to attractively-priced option packs, buyers are able to choose the look and feel they prefer.

New Renault Clio: packed with innovations
When it comes to innovation, Renault's new supermini retains Clio's tradition of redefining expectations within its class and raising the standards for small cars.

Renault R-Link – an integrated tablet connected to the car and internet
Having been first with notable innovations such as steering wheel-mounted radio controls (1982, R11 Electronic) and in-car navigation (1994, Safrane), after bringing keyless entry to the volume market (in 2001) and GPS navigation with a high-resolution screen (Carminat TomTom® priced at £450 for Clio in 2009), and having launched on-board connected navigation in the shape of Carminat TomTom® LIVE for Clio, Renault continues its stream of innovations with Renault R-Link.

Available as standard from Dynamique upwards for New Clio, Renault R-Link provides a bridge between the car and the connected world outside thanks to:
- A wide seven-inch (18cm) touchscreen, intuitive voice commands and, as a market first, a home page that can be personalised by the user for safe and simple access to essential functions, without the driver having to take his or her eyes off the road.
- TomTom® connected navigation includes Live services and boasts the market's best real-time traffic information, helping to minimise journey times and fuel consumption.
- Among other benefits, a connection with the car's own electronic systems permits access to an advanced eco-driving function (Driving eco²) which analyses the driver's behaviour and provides advice to help reduce fuel consumption.
- Thanks to the Renault R-Link Store, the automobile world's first ever Application Store, users can easily view or download a comprehensive and varied range of apps from their car or computer (via 'My Renault').

The scope of Renault R-Link's connected functions will continue to expand thanks to 'Paris Incubateurs' (a Paris-based hot-house for young talent) and to an appeal extended to start-ups at the LeWeb'11 show. Over and above the services provided by TomTom® LIVE and the COYOTE app, which alerts the driver to dangerous situations (in countries where this feature is available), R-Link users can also check their messages, for example, manage their diary, locate the nearest service station or place to park, or send a tweet....

One Renault R-Link app – Renault R-Sound Effect – enables the audio experience inside New Clio to be personalised by immersing the cabin in a specific sound environment. It can simulate six different engine sound profiles, each with a specific, attractive signature and perfectly synchronised with driving parameters such as speed and acceleration.

A world first: Bluetooth® radios with the Renault Bass Reflex system
All versions of New Clio are available with a clever sound system integrated into the front doors' loudspeakers. Known as Renault Bass Reflex, this system delivers the volume and listening enjoyment of a 30-litre home speaker system. Bass frequencies are more powerful and the threshold of saturation and distortion is pushed much higher.

The entire New Clio range features Bluetooth®-equipped radios for hands-free telephone operation and audio streaming from portable music players with excellent sound quality. All radios incorporate USB and jack sockets.

New Renault Clio: a pleasure to drive, and targeting number one status for fuel economy and low CO2 emissions

New Renault Clio combines low fuel consumption with driving pleasure thanks to a significantly updated range of petrol and diesel engines. The two petrol engines (Energy TCe 90 and TCe 120) combine very low fuel consumption and CO2 emissions with responsive performance and mid-range acceleration. The significantly improved new-generation Energy dCi engines bestow New Clio with record-breaking fuel economy for the same driving pleasure.

Two new Energy engines: advanced technology for everyday motoring
New Energy TCe 90 petrol engine

New Clio is the first Renault model to feature the new three-cylinder petrol turbocharged Energy TCe 90 engine. This is the first three-cylinder powerplant ever produced by Renault and, from launch, will provide a remarkable balance between driving pleasure and fuel economy:
- This three-cylinder, turbocharged 899cc unit comes with Stop&Start and delivers the performance of a normally-aspirated 1.4-litre powerplant,
- An ultra low-inertia turbo for satisfying response from low engine speeds: 90hp and 135Nm at 2,000rpm (90 per cent of peak torque available from 1,650rpm to 5,000rpm),
- An economy-optimised version with taller gear ratios and fuel consumption of 65.7 mpg, equivalent to CO2 emissions of 99g/km[a],
- A 21 per cent fuel consumption and CO2 emissions savingc compared to the TCe 100 it replaces

New diesel Energy dCi 90
The latest addition to the Energy family is a new 90hp version of the 1.5 dCi, equipped with Stop&Start:
- A four-cylinder 1.5-litre engine with 220Nm of torque available from 1,750rpm, an increase of 20Nm over the current dCi 85,
- An economy-optimised version with taller gear ratios which also qualifies for the Renault eco2 signature with fuel consumption of 88 mpg, equivalent to CO2 emissions 83g/kmc.

New TCe 120, paired with six-speed EDC automatic transmission
New Clio will be available with the new, dynamic TCe 120 engine mated to six-speed EDC transmission (Efficient Dual Clutch), a first for Renault in the B segment:
- A four-cylinder 1.2-litre engine with the performance of a normally-aspirated 1.6 engine,
- Direct fuel injection and turbocharging for peak power of 120hp and 190Nm of torque from 1,750rpm.

This engine is currently in the process of being homologated and will become available in the first half of 2013. It will be among the most powerful, yet most economical, engines in its class.

Along with the availability of EDC dual clutch transmission for the dCi 90 engine in the first half of 2013, New Clio will mark a further step in expanding access to the driving pleasure and seamless gearshifts delivered by this responsive and frugal automatic transmission.

Systems designed to promote economical driving
Over and above these engineering features, New Clio offers drivers an integrated suite of efficient solutions to help them reduce their fuel consumption and CO2 emissions:
- An ECO mode[b] allows drivers to reduce fuel consumption by as much as 10 percent by modifying the car's performance parameters at the push of a button.
- A driving style monitor (green, yellow or orange) and a Gear Change Indicator (GCI) on the dashboardd help drivers improve their driving style to reduce their fuel consumption.
- The Driving eco²app available through Renault R-Link provides drivers with a full suite of information, enabling them to analyse their driving style and take corrective measures in order to reduce their fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.

New Renault Clio: a pledge of quality and safety
Manufactured in Flins (France) and Bursa (Turkey), New Renault Clio is built to Renault's exacting quality standards. It is an affordable model that sets high standards in quality, with nothing to fear from larger or more expensive models. New Clio is built on a new version of the Alliance's B platform which has been optimised for outstanding comfort, manoeuvrability and low noise levels.

Safety runs in the family: in 2005, Clio III became the first B-segment model to achieve a five star EuroNCAP crash test rating. Thanks to the comprehensive list of safety features it offers, New Clio, too, seeks to deliver the highest level of safety.

Further details of New Renault Clio will be provided at the international media road tests in September and at the Paris Motor Show.

Renault is celebrating the launch of New Clio with an innovative, interactive digital strategy delivered in three principal parts:
- From July 4, internet users will be able to view New Renault Clio from all angles, plus photos and videos, at www.clio.renault.[country],
- From July 12, Renault will be inviting the website's visitors to take a virtual test drive of the car by immersing themselves in an interactive film,
- Lastly, in September, users will experience the final phase of the launch with a surprise linked in to the promotional film.

From July 4, this range of personal and interactive digital experiences will be available at www.clio.renault.[country], a promotional toolkit which will function on computers, tablets and smartphones.

The Clio success story: 22 years, and counting!
Launched in 1990, Clio can already look back at a career spanning 22 years, with more than 11.5 million cars sold in more than 115 countries. During that time, Clio has played a pivotal role in the history not only of Renault but also of the European market for small, versatile cars. Its trademark throughout has been to draw the segment upwards by bringing the qualities and equipment levels of superior classes to a wider audience. Clio is the only car to have been awarded the Car of the Year title twice.

1990: Clio I goes on sale, winning the Car of the Year award for 1991.

1991-1993: Introduction of Clio Williams and Clio Baccara, highly regarded sports and premium versions.

1998: Launch of Clio II, the first car in its segment to earn a four-star EuroNCAP crash test rating. It also popularised the separate display for the radio, automatic climate control and navigation with a colour screen.

2000: Clio Renault Sport and Clio V6 explode onto the sports scene.

2005: Debut of Clio III, the first B-segment model to score a five-star EuroNCAP crash test rating. Widespread take-up of the Renault-card keyless entry system.

2006: Clio III is named Car of the Year.

2007: The segment's first 1.2 litre petrol turbo engine.

2008: For the first time, Clio is available in Sport Tourer form.

2009: Launch of Carminat TomTom®, bringing navigation to the volume market.

2010: Clio celebrates its 20th anniversary, as sales reach more than 11 million units.

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      mojonaut
      • 2 Years Ago
      Really liking the look of the Renault line-up of late. The cutesy Clio nameplate doesn't suit this car any more because it's a good looking, aggressive, sporty little number. You can tell the designers were targeting the Seat Ibiza when they were designing this, and stealing a few cues from the Alfa hatches of the last few years with the concealed rear passenger door latch. All all say in criticism is that the in-grille LEDs look a bit extraneous. A bit of an afterthought, especially when the headlamp cluster is so... big. It could easily have accommodated the LEDs in there. The piped engine sounds though? Nonsense.
      David
      • 2 Years Ago
      By far, the most attractive Clio ever. Nissan should just rebadge it and bring it to North America as it.
      Lachmund
      • 2 Years Ago
      great looking car...one of the nicest hatches around imho
      Hazdaz
      • 2 Years Ago
      This looks fantastic. Since we'll never get this Renault here in the US, hey Nissan, why don't you guys do everyone a favor and replace your craptracular Sentra or Versa with this exact vehicle. Hell, even keep the Renault badge - almost no one here remembers it.
      2o6
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is a really pretty hatchback. It's a shame that Renault can produce a good looking B-segment hatchback, but their partner Nissan slams us with the hideous (and pretty crappy) Versa.
      Bird
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks like Nissan Qashqai from the back.
      bluemoonric
      • 2 Years Ago
      Renault has always offered numerous engine sounds. The exhaust note just depends on the engine problem you are having.
      carguy1701
      • 2 Years Ago
      Meh. I'll never see it.
      SpeedR
      • 2 Years Ago
      They should consider bringing it to the U.S. under the Nissan name.
        dsomegax
        • 2 Years Ago
        @SpeedR
        Agreed. This is miles above the crappy Versa we get here in the US. Only thing I hate about the design though: why must every automaker be obsessed with putting LED lights in the front now? It really just looks like nothing but an afterthought on this car.
          mojonaut
          • 2 Years Ago
          @dsomegax
          I agree about the LEDs (as mentioned in another comment). We have the Versa in Ireland too. In fact we're the only country western Europe to get it. So I can safely say that the Clio isn't in the same class as the Versa (at least not in terms of size, if not price or quality). If anything, the Clio fits between the Micra and Juke in Nissan's lineup. So sending it to North America as a rebadged Nissan would be an exercise in brand futility. Best bet to me would be to put every conceivable option on board and target it against the Mini (albeit competitively priced), selling it as an Infiniti, since the Renault brand in North America doesn't have the best reputation.
          vc-10
          • 2 Years Ago
          @dsomegax
          There are new laws in the EU about DRLs, so manufacturers are putting in LEDs as they're cheap and don't use much power.
        mojonaut
        • 2 Years Ago
        @SpeedR
        Why bother, when Nissan have a perfectly good (if altogether bland) supermini already established in the Micra? The Clio wouldn't fit into the lineup with any of the existing Nissan models in North America, anyway.
          Lachmund
          • 2 Years Ago
          @mojonaut
          the new micra is terrible. they used to be good but the new one looks like from the last decade. yuck
          mojonaut
          • 2 Years Ago
          @mojonaut
          We have the Versa in Ireland too (only Western European country to get it) and the Clio isn't in the same class as the Versa. If anything, the Clio fits between the Micra and Juke. It'd be brand suicide for Nissan to bring it to NA, and they certainly couldn't call it a Renault based on reputation.
      TangoR34
      • 2 Years Ago
      Honestly I don't like the front. It just look so goofy with the numberplate at the bottom. It would've been better if they shrink the badge smaller and mount the plate at the top would give it a more sporty look. I prefer the tail light to be abit bigger because it look abit like a Seat Ibiza. Other wise I think this may be a good seller because the interior is so stylish that it could become their USP.
      Lars
      • 2 Years Ago
      Nissan Pulsar. Do it.
      vc-10
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's a fantastic looking thing (easily the best looking car in the segment) but can Renault build it properly? I simply don't trust them to last, which is a great shame as when they're working they tend to be great cars. As such, I'd buy a Polo or a Fiesta (well, maybe not a Fiesta, I think they're ugly, but they're good cars otherwise)
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