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New Renault Clio Revealed

New Renault Clio Revealed

In your life you will meet old people who will point at an ancient car and say, “I used to have one of those”. One day in the future you will be one of those people. Sorry, that’s just the way it is. As you read this, someone somewhere will point at a Mark 1 Renault Clio and say, “I used to have one of those”, because the Clio has now been with us for a venerable twenty two years.

It may well be fair to say that the Clio single-handedly rescued Renault’s reputation after a series of duds in the 1970/80’s. Its success is due to the spectacularly successful ‘Papa and Nicole’ TV campaign. Not a lot of people know that the idea for this was taken from the 1966 film ‘How To Steal A Million’. Estelle Skornik, the gamine beauty who played Nicole, had not passed her driving test when she started filming the ads so her driving scenes were done by none other than Britain’s own Penny Mallory. Don’t say you never learn anything from Motor Blogger.

The new Renault Clio is set to continue the success story. In line with trends and despite being more efficient and economical, the Clio is getting bigger. The company thinks that this model will be a more ‘upmarket’ choice. This is slightly worrying because the Clio has always been seen as decent value. We’ll see.

The new car, pictured, is very stylish to look at and first reports say that it is even better to drive than its predecessor. It fits neatly into the supermini sector and is sure to give the competition a fright, especially the all conquering Fiesta and the mighty Mini.

This is the fourth generation and takes styling cues from Renault’s stunning DeZir concept. The front of the car is likely to be the new ‘face’ of Renault with the badge being the prominent feature. The body has a rakish, sporty look so it remains to be seen how rear seat passengers will fare. The interior will be all new in terms of style and packaging, so expect a featured infotainment centre with the now expected connectivity.

The Clio will be powered by the usual crop of small turbo petrol and diesel engines and it is expected that Renault’s advanced new 3 cylinder turbo will be offered. This 900cc unit delivers 108bhp and 160Nm of torque, and promises CO2 emissions of only 95g/km, as well as 76.3mpg combined economy.  A Renaultsport version is sure to follow. The car will be formally announced at the Paris Motor Show and will be available sometime after that. Prices to be are expected to start at around £11k for a basic model. Renault have done well in the small and medium car sectors and this one looks like another winner.

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