Clio details revealed

2013 Renault Clio
2013 Renault Clio

Renault has taken the wraps off its long-awaited fourth generation Clio and released general details about the new model.

It’s set to be the most efficient and advanced Clio yet, with new engines joining the range and an average drop of 100kg per model compared to the previous Clio.

The UK will see only five-door models. It’s the first all-new Renault to show the company’s new ‘brand identity’, and it will house the new 900cc, 89bhp TCe 90 three-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine.

The other petrol option at launch will be a four-cylinder 118bhp 1.2 turbo, which will be linked to Renault’s EDC (Efficient Dual Clutch) transmission.

A 1.5-litre dCi 90 diesel is the lone initial diesel option, and in due course it too will use the EDC gearbox.

To help drivers squeeze as much mileage as possible out of each tank, the Clio will have an ‘Eco mode’ that optimises the car’s systems at the touch of a button to use as little fuel as possible; turning down the air conditioning for example.

In conjunction with a traffic-light style eco-performance indicator and a gear change guide, the Eco mode will help owners reach for the car’s theoretical maximum mpg figures - yet to be confirmed.

The new Clio will benefit from a new level of connectivity with the Renault R-Link; an integrated device linked directly to the car. The interface is a seven-inch touchscreen, but it’s also voice-activated. It provides access to all the car’s key functions and more.

Where specified, the TomTom Live mapping services offer real-time traffic updates, information on services near the route, and a special function allows users to map their eco-performance for each route and pick up tips on how to raise their efficiency.

A new, compact and powerful stereo system claims to offer much better sound quality than any Clio before, making this iteration a much nicer place to be. Expect more details to be released in September.