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Date: 21 Apr 2017 Author Type: Press Release
Author: Renault South Africa
Source: Renault South Africa
Having achieved in excess of 13 million sales since launching in 1990, the Renault Clio is undoubtedly the world’s all-time best-selling French car. Asuccess story that has continued with the fourth-generation Clio’s launch into more than 100 countries worldwide, making its debut into South Africa in April 2013.
As if we need any further affirmation, the Renault Clio was also the first contender to be awarded the prestigious European Car of the Year accolade on two separate occasions, Clio 1 in 1991 and again in 2006 with Clio 3.
The new Renault Clio represents the first production model to don the evolutionary design genes advocated by Laurens van den Acker, Renault’s Senior Vice-President for Corporate Design, as expressed in the striking concept car, DeZir, unveiled at the 2010 Paris Motor Show.
The DeZir epitomizes the brand’s commitment to more emotional style, clearly evident in the style transfer to the new Clio model.
Right from its roots, the Clio has stood out as a genuine small car boasting big car refinement, with the fourth-generation Cliocapitalizing on this vehicle’s timeless appeal but now with even more soul.
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.
With this winning combination, Renault South Africa is set to re-affirm the model as one of the top performers in the extremely competitive AB New Hatch segment.
The local success of the Clio model range is clearly evident in the 62,600 units sold since introduction into SA, with over 20 000 Clio 4models having been sold since its 2013 launch. This iconic ‘small car with the big attitude’ has demonstrated its infinite popularity through consistently achieving Top 5 performer in its class. Compact and affordable yet oozing style and class, the Clio has won over the hearts of an ever-increasing customer base, thanks to its style and versatility as well as through its substantial equipment package.
The most stylish Clio yet, the exterior of the new Clio (phase 2) exudes more personality, and is even more irresistible than before. Not only do its sensuous curves make a statement, but its new grille and C-shaped signature lighting are pleasing to the eye, giving the Clio heightened character.
The lower re-proportioned grid is now visibly broader and more modern than previous, while the rear skirt has been redesigned to enhance robustness.
The updated modern and distinctive styling of the Renault Clio is further enhanced by the new Pure Vision LED headlights on the flagship models, as well as the stylish alloy wheels underlining its dynamic silhouette.
With the Clio, every detail counts.
The new 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.
The interior of the Renault Clio is remarkably roomy with the ability to comfortably fit five adults. While the 60/40 split rear seat configuration offers great versatility and practicality, and the 300-litre boot ample storage space.
True to form the new Clio offers a host of innovative features to facilitate driving pleasure and travelling comfort together with advanced connectivity, previously the reserve of higher vehicle segments.
The versatile R&Go® applicationhas now been introduced into thenew Clio Authentique. This easy-to-use and customizable interface offers access to advanced technology even from the entry level of the new Clio range.
Developed to enhance the driving experience, 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 R&Go® applicationallows access to four different universes: Multimedia, phone, vehicle and navigation.
The rest of the new Clio range come standard with Renault’s MediaNav® integrated navigation/multi-media system with large 7” (18cm) touchscreen display, offering a wide range of functionalities to further enhance the overall driving experience.
Renowned for its dynamic capabilities, the new Clio offers access to highly efficient and technologically-advanced engines. Renault’s new generation F1-inspired 66kW and 88kW Turbo petrol engines optimize power, performance and driving pleasure, while controlling fuel consumption levels and CO2 emissions.
In line with consumer demand, an 88kW Auto engine is also available in the Expression derivative.
April 2017 sees the introduction of the much anticipated new Clio GT-Line, with an arresting GT-Line pack which gives the Clio a distinctive sporty look, both inside and out.
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 R.S. 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…
- More PASSION. More POWER. More CLIO.
The new Renault Clio achieved a five star EuroNCAP rating, with anunparalleled level of on-board safety and protection features and equipment as standard across the entire range,
The Clio proudly 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/150 000km mechanical warranty and a 6-year anti-corrosion warranty. The Clio range also boasts a standard 3-year/45 000km service plan, with service intervals at 15 000km.

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