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Fourth-gen Renault Clio hatchback and wagon introduced in Paris [video]

Now we can forget about the third-gen model.

The fourth generation of the Renault Clio 5-door hatch and Clio wagon has made its appearance at home in Paris, sitting alongside its hotter RS 200 counterpart. It will be offered with the company’s 898cc gasoline turbo engine that generates 90 hp (66 kW) and 100 lb-ft (135 Nm) of torque, allowing the new Clio to return 65.7 mpg UK (54.7 mpg US or 4.3 liters / 100 km), with CO2 emissions of 99 g/km.

Another novelty in the engine lineup is the 4-cylinder 1.5-liter Energy dCi 90 with 89 hp (66 kW) and 162 lb-ft (220 Nm) of torque. This frugal engine returns 88.3 mpg UK (73.5 mpg US or 3.2 liters / 100 km) and emits 83 g/km of CO2. The fourth-gen Clio can also be fitted with a new 4-cylinder 1.2-liter TCe 120 that generates 118 hp (88 kW) and 140 lb-ft (190 Nm) of torque, but you’ll have to wait for this engine until the first half of next year.

Looking a lot better than the model it replaces, the 2013 Clio is Renault’s first model to adopt the new design identity, featuring sweptback headlights, muscular fenders and a DeZir-inspired front grille. It also comes with integrated rear door handles, LED daytime running lights and a gloss black trim.

One of the most important optional features will be the R-Link infotainment system that comes with a 7-inch touchscreen display with TomTom navigation and Internet access. In addition, the owner of the car will also have access to the first automotive-oriented app store.

Check out the press release for full details.

Source: Renault

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 CO2emissions
  • 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

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

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.

The beauty of New Renault Clio, yet particularly practical

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.

 WORLD PREMIERE:

RENAULT R-LINK FOR NEW CLIO AND ZOE

Renault R-Link is an integrated multimedia tablet that is connected both to the car and to the internet, with standard features including TomTom navigation and intuitive voice commands for use of the telephone and navigation system, etc. Renault R-Link will initially be available for New Clio (optional) and ZOE (standard) before being extended gradually to almost the entire Renault range.

“ As a pioneer of in-car systems, Renault made innovation for all a reality with the launch in 2009 of Carminat TomTom, the first  navigation system to cost less than €500. Innovations continued with the introduction at the end of 2010 of Carminat TomTom LIVE which boasts the market’s best traffic information system. Renault R-Link sees Renault go even further down this road by incorporating a connected tablet for automotive use complete with a catalogue of applications. Renault R-Link is a user-friendly solution adapted to motoring use which is easy to operate while on the move thanks to a large touchscreen display, voice recognition and steering column-mounted remote controls. The range of applications available via R-Link store promises to emerge as the benchmark in terms of automotive apps. ”

Patrick Vergelas – Director, Cross Functional Programmes

Centre console puts key functions and information within easy reach

Renault R-Link forms an integral part of the centre console’s modern design and is extremely practical thanks to its large seven-inch (18 cm) touchscreen display. All its functions (navigation, radio, Bluetooth® telephony, audio streaming, music and connectivity to portable devices, connected services, ‘eco’ driving tips, etc.) are located in a single place, which makes it particularly easy and fun to use.

Renault R-Link has been carefully designed to ensure that information is available as and when it is required, which means the driver doesn’t have to take his or her eyes off the road to use an array of portable devices, thanks to:

  • A large touchscreen display:

– The seven-inch (18 cm), easy-to-use display was carefully designed by Renault to be practical and useful. Its clear graphics, straightforward menus and clear information make its different functions intuitive, fast, easy and safe.

– The home page can be personalised. An exclusive feature of Renault R-Link is the fact that road maps are displayed along with information concerning traffic conditions, the music or radio station being played, ‘eco’ driving tips and COYOTE Series alerts (not in UK), plus a clock and weather information. Contents can be personalised to permit swift access to favourite functions, destinations, telephone numbers, radio stations and the most frequently used applications.

  • A menu with six icons which provide easy access to the six main functions: Navigation, Multimedia, Phone, Vehicle, Services and Applications, and System.
  • Fingertip control or voice commands to access main functions, without the driver having to take his or her eyes off the road:

– the touchscreen display permits fingertip control which doubles up with the steering column-mounted remote controls for the audio and telephone functions,

– intuitive voice commands make it possible to dictate the address of a destination for navigation purposes, for example, or to call up different functions using spoken instructions such as ‘telephone’, ‘apps’, ‘send an e-mail’, etc. The speech recognition function is activated by pressing a button on the steering wheel to make use of the technology both safer and more practical.

In addition, the Text To Speech function (TTS) function permits messages or RSS feeds to be read out loud in certain applications.

Renault R-Link: the link between the car and the connected world outside

Renault R-Link is ‘connected’ to the car:

Renault R-Link is linked to the car’s electronic control units, thereby permitting the integration of new functions linked to the vehicle. For example, ‘Driving eco2’ provides drivers with an analysis of the way they have driven over a given itinerary and advises on how they can optimise energy consumption and range. In the case of ZOE, it provides a comprehensive package of services specifically aimed at optimising the car’s range.

Renault R-Link is connected to the outside world and to the internet via an integrated EDGE 2.75G connection. Renault R-Link is the first multimedia system to deliver:

  • TomTom HD Traffic® traffic information to facilitate everyday journeys by warning of traffic build-ups and hazards and by suggesting the most efficient itinerary.
  • Coyote Series alerts: a community-based service which warns drivers of hazards on the road in real time thanks to a community of more than 1.6 million users across Europe.
  • Renault R-Link Store: a pioneering store for automotive apps which proposes the first regularly updated catalogue of automotive apps.

 Renault R-Link Store: poised to become a benchmark catalogue for automotive applications

The strength of Renault R-Link lies in the fact that it proposes a store of applications designed for automotive use, without the functional or ergonomic- related shortcomings inherent in smartphones. R-Link Store is the first automotive application store for in-car use. The launches of New Clio and ZOE will coincide with the availability of an Introductory Pack of four pre-installed applications to enable owners to familiarise themselves with the connectivity made possible by R-Link. The free, pre-installed apps will be: e-mail, Weather, Renault Assistance and Renault R-Link Tweet, plus the LIVE services associated with the TomTom and Coyote Series functions (depending on market). The system is fully independent and there is no need to use a phone to access the available services and applications. Instead, it is possible to consult or download a variety of services directly from the car or from a personal computer (via ‘My Renault’ where available). There are currently some 20 applications available via R-Link Store, and this choice is poised to expand very quickly as the system is extended to other vehicles of the range.

The apps catalogue will cover a broad spectrum of uses, extending from journey optimisation (TomTom LIVE services, fuel prices, location of parking places) and vehicle information (the monitoring of servicing, etc.), to budget guides (‘by-the-kilometre’ insurance, Renault tips, etc.), practical help (phone numbers, Yellow Pages, etc.), communications (e-mails, social networking, R-Tweet app) and entertainment/leisure (travel information, etc.), as well as emergency calls. Available apps include Pages Jaunes, Guides Michelin, Guide Marco Polo, Métro, Euronews, Elle Astro, Tourism Radio, Balumpa, Apila, I-Dispo.

  • Renault R-Link : TomTom HD Traffic and Coyote Series
  • The very best of TomTom navigation including IQ Routes technology: calculates the ideal itinerary based on a statistical analysis of journey times during the six previous months, taking the day of the week and time of day into account.

LIVE services including:

– HD Traffic: the market’s best traffic information service, including an analysis of traffic flow by cross-referencing different sources of information for sections of road of just a few dozen metres in length. For any given itinerary, HD Traffic will optimise the motorist’s journey in order to avoid time loss or save fuel. It also provides precise information about the estimated arrival time as soon as the motorist sets off.

– TomTom Places: an online search facility in real time to locate a variety of features and services.

– 5-day weather forecasts.

– Hazard warnings: depending on local legislation.

  • The Coyote Series*  driver aid application indicates hazardous zones thanks to real-time input from other users. Such zones may or may not include fixed speed checks. Coyote Series also warns of traffic incidents (accidents, items on the road, etc.) to improve everyday road safety by enabling the driver to anticipate the presence of slowermoving vehicles.

 

(*) Depending on market, unavailable in UK

  • Renault R-Link : fields covered by R-Link Store apps
  • Communication: e-mails, social networking, web navigation, etc.
  • Journey optimisation: TomTom® LIVE services (HD Traffic®, speed check warnings [where authorised], TomTom Places, weather forecasts, Coyote Series alerts [where available], fuel prices, location of parking places, etc.).
  • Practical information: personal phone numbers, Yellow Pages, hotels, restaurants, etc.
  • Emergencies: emergency help calls in the case of an incident, Renault Assistance.
  • Mobility: multi-mode journey planning, public transport.
  • Budget guides: ‘by-the-kilometre’ insurance, Renault tips, etc.
  • Vehicle information: monitoring of vehicle servicing, owner manual, etc.
  • Entertainment and leisure: games, information, travel information, engine sound profile, personalisation, etc.
  • Professional use: fleet management, journey management, remote diagnostics, working away from base, expenses forms, etc.

R-Link enables motorists to benefit from the information they need as and when it is required. Drivers no longer have to depend on a variety of portable systems or telephones and can stay focused on the road ahead. Strict rules make sure that the apps developed for Renault R-Link are suitable for motorists, either by ensuring that they are easy to use or by restricting access to certain functions while the vehicle is on the move. For example, functions which are deemed to be excessively interactive or long to use may only be called up when the vehicle is at a standstill.

An original ‘open innovation’ approach

Renault R-Link will go on to deliver even more services thanks to its original ‘open innovation’ policy which Renault has favoured in order to enjoy closer bonds with young entrepreneurs.

This approach is founded on associations with major partners, development companies and start-ups which are proving particularly fertile when it comes to innovative ideas in the field of connected services and applications for automotive use. This determination to seek out and work with young entrepreneurs has been helped by Renault’s association with ‘Paris Incubateurs’ (which belongs to Paris Region Innovation Lab and has eight ‘incubators’ in Paris). The ‘Mobility and Connected Services’ start-up incubator was inaugurated in May 2012.

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