Renault’s bestseller in Europe: without a cardinal change of image and with a diesel engine instead of an electric versionNovember 2, 2018
The network has photos from the test of the fifth generation hatchback Renault Clio. The presentation of the novelty may take place already this year.
Photos of the camouflaged Clio hatch were sent to the French edition of Automobilist by the reader, photos were taken near Bordeaux. The car is “packed” in a tight “camouflage”, but its presence does not prevent to see that there will be no fundamental changes in the design of the exterior of the hatch, unless the headlights become narrower.
The new Clio is built on the CMF-B platform of the Renault-Nissan alliance. It is assumed that the fifth generation hatchback will be slightly larger than the previous model. The current Clio Hatch has a length of 4062 mm and a wheelbase of 2589 mm. The interior should appear better-quality materials and new multimedia system with a large screen. Even the “Frenchman” will be the makings of autopilot – hatch will be able to independently drive on the highway.
According to preliminary data, the diesel model will still be present in the engine range, although other automakers are gradually abandoning the engines on “heavy” fuel. Also in the line of engines Clio can enter the new gasoline “turbo” eight TCe (140 hp), developed by Renault in conjunction with the concern Daimler. In addition, the hatch will get a hybrid version with a total return of about 120 hp But the fully electric version is not planned – apparently, Renault wants to avoid internal cannibalism, because the brand still has a compact “green” hatch Zoe, which, by the way, will also soon replace the generation.
According to Automobilist, the first show of the new Clio will take place in December 2018, the public premiere is scheduled for early next year. The fourth generation of Clio has been released since 2012, the last major update “Frenchman” has undergone in 2016. In addition to the hatchback, the current model still has a version with a station wagon. Will there be a “barn” in the ranks after a change of generations – there is no information yet.
The current Renault Clio in France is available with a petrol 3-cylinder engine 0.9 TCe (75 or 90 hp) and 1.5 dCi turbo diesel (75 or 90 hp). In the homeland of the brand, the price of the hatch starts from the mark of 15 300 euros.
Clio is the best-selling Renault model in Europe: according to the focus2move agency, in January-September of the current year, 287,152 such cars were sold, which is 3.7% more compared to the same period in 2017. And among all the Renault Clio models represented in the Old World, it ranks third in sales, second only to Volkswagen Golf (404,269 cars sold in January-September, -0.5%) and Volkswagen Polo (291,347 units, + 2.3%) .