PARIS: Renault has offered a look at the new Clio ahead of its world premiere at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show.
The emphasis was more on the interior than the exterior.
Clio has been a success story for 30 years and has been top of the B segment in Europe since 2013.
The 5th generation Clio, drawing on the DNA of the previous four generations, features interior changes that are more dramatic than the exterior.
It features 100 per cent LED headlights across the range. It also offers enhanced customisation with eight interior design schemes and 10 exterior colours.
Featuring more sculpted lines and a more assertive front end, the latest Clio comprises 100% new parts.
The new interior is inspired by higher-end segments, both in perceived quality and available technology.
The latest Clio is the first Renault to be built on the CMF-B platform, which promises a new electrical and electronic architecture and can thus integrate the latest technologies to respond to new market requirements.
The cabin is decked out in high-end materials, a soft coating on the dashboard, door panels and central console surround.
Featuring a more compact design to free up space and integrating more in-car technologies, the Clio's all-new “Smart Cockpit” is designed to be driver-focused.
Renault highlighted several features of the new interior.
A key component of the Smart Cockpit, the 9.3-inch multimedia screen (twice as large as the 7-inch version) is the biggest ever on a Renault model. The vertical and subtly curved tablet, was inspired by that on Espace. Turned towards the driver, the screen, with its new EASY LINK connected system, comprises all the multimedia, navigation and infotainment features as well as the MULTI-SENSE settings, all of them are said to be simple to use.
For the first time, the Clio is equipped with a digital screen replacing the traditional analogue display. The technology has been adopted directly from higher-end segments. Measuring 7 to 10 inches, the TFT screen can be used to customise the driving experience. The 10-inch version will include GPS navigation in the display. With its two, 9.3-inch and 10-inch screens, the Clio boasts the largest screens in its category.
The Clio's dashboard was entirely redesigned. It is divided into three parts: a top panel with a foamed coating, a coated and customisable central panel, and a lower area housing functional components such as the glove box. The dashboard's wave-like shape lends extra visual width to the cockpit. This impression is further heightened by the horizontal forms of the central and side air vents. Below the central screen, attention was paid to ergonomics, with “piano” buttons and direct-access air conditioning controls for easier use by drivers.
The new, more elegant steering wheel has a more compact design through the use of a more compact airbag than on the previous model, improving dashboard visibility for the driver. Equipped with a thumb rest and a broader hoop, the new wheel with its satin chrome finish is fitted with new back-lit controls.
The central console is also a key component of the Smart Cockpit. Positioned higher for enhanced ergonomics, it is home to a shorter gear lever offering a natural and comfortable grip. The coated central console can be customised depending on the interior design scheme and features special lighting on its outer edge. It includes a wireless smartphone charging area and electric parking brake.
The seats are generally seen in higher-end models. They provide better support through a longer seat base and a more enveloping shape. Their semi-soft shell significantly improves knee space for rear passengers when their new, thinner comma-shaped headrests improve rear visibility and bring back-seat passengers a greater sense of spaciousness. Renault says the seats are more ergonomic and easier to use than before, thanks to more accessible controls.
The door panels are available in soft materials unique to the segment. The coated panels boast large inserts which comes in a choice of design schemes. The inserts are also equipped with a soft, indirect and diffuse light ambience.
The Clio is offered with a number of customisation packs that can decide the appearance of the central console, dashboard, door panels, steering wheel and arm rests. Customers can choose between from eight interior design schemes and benefit from a customisation offering with special colours for the line formed by the air vents spanning the entire width of the dashboard. The Clio is also available with ambient lighting in eight different colours.
The Clio is also available in a R.S. Line version, inspired by Renault Sport, and with a redesigned “INITIALE PARIS” signature.
“The fifth-generation Clio is very important for us as it is the best-seller in its segment and the second best-selling car in Europe, all categories combined," said Renault senior vice president (corporate design)Laurens van den Acker.
"The Clio is an icon, and the latest features the very best of the previous generations. The exterior design of Clio IV won over our customers and continues to do so today, so we chose to keep that DNA while bringing modernity and elegance to the new model. The interior has undergone a true revolution, with a considerable improvement in perceived quality, greater sophistication and technology. It is the best Clio ever.”