Next-gen Renault Clio Undergoing Final Tests Before Launch

Renault prepares to launch a new 5th-generation of its best-selling Renault Clio. It should be revealed soon, early 2019.

The latest spy shots prove the final tests are underway. The prototype has been captured in southern Europe.The company promises it will be the best ever Clio, more technologically advanced than rivals.

Renault hopes the model will stay competitive even in conditions of increasing rivalry from compact sport utility vehicles.

The French carmaker worked on interior improvements, as the current Clio’s inside has been criticized.

The interior will echo the Mégane. The new car features a large digital dashboard and a Tesla-style infotainment screen. It is fitted for semi-autonomous driving.

The exterior will take some styling from the Symbioz concept car shown in 2017. The supermini will keep some details such as rear door handles hidden in the door frames.

The new generation Clio is built on the CMF-B platform shared with the current Clio the Nissan Micra.

The motor range includes 1.0- and 1.3-liter petrols, as wells as a 1.5-liter 117-hp diesel unit. Later we’ll see a 48V mild hybrid 1.5 dCi (Eco2), followed by a PHEV which arrives in 2020. A new hot Clio RS is also expected in 2020, with an engine from the new Mégane RS.

Though Renault is going to launch 8 all-electric models in the next 5 years, the Clio EV is not among them, for it not to take away customers from the Renault Zoe.

The Clio will get Level 1 and Level 2 autonomy, like the cars from the partner Nissan.

As for the model’s market position, it is sold well. Globally, the Clio is in the fourth place, overtaken by the VW Polo, Ford Fiesta and Suzuki Swift.

The 2020 Renault Clio will go on sale by the summer next year. We expect higher prices over the current model (€15,300 in France).

Source: Autocar

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