Renault is presenting the all-new Clio, the fifth generation of this model. To date some fifteen million units of the Clio have been sold since it was launched in 1990 and it has become Groupe Renault’s best-selling model worldwide. Clio represents the French population’s favourite car and has risen to the top of the B segment in Europe since 2013. Clio sales increased each year between 2012 and 2018.
Renault says the new model builds on the strengths of each of the four previous generations.
“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. 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 yet.” Laurens van den Acker, Senior Vice President, Corporate Design
The new Clio is the spearhead of Groupe Renault’s strategic plan, “Drive the Future (2017-2022)”. Presented in autumn 2017, the plan has three key objectives:
- Electric: by 2022, Groupe Renault will offer 12 electrified models in its range. The new Clio will be the first with its E-Tech hybrid engine based on technology developed by Renault.
- Connected: also by 2022, the company is targeting 100 per cent connected vehicles in its key markets. The Clio has a new connected multimedia system developed by the Alliance.
- Autonomous: by 2022, Groupe Renault will market fifteen models equipped with autonomous driving technology.
Renault says the new Clio is central to the strategy aimed at strengthening synergies in the Alliance. This strategy hinges on the development of shared technologies and the use of new platforms, such as the CMF-B platform that the new Clio is the first to be built on and its new electrical and electronic architecture.
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, inspired by that on Espace, visually enlarges the dashboard, lends the cabin a more contemporary feel and improves screen visibility. 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.
For the first time, the new 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 in a highly intuitive manner. The 10-inch version will include GPS navigation in the display. Renault says that with its two, 9.3-inch and 10-inch screens, the new Clio boasts the largest screens in its category.
Each Clio owner can create a car that reflects their personality with a range of customisation packs, deciding on the appearance of the central console, dashboard, door panels, steering wheel and arm rests. Customers can choose between no fewer than eight interior design schemes and benefit from an innovative customisation offering with special colours for the line formed by the air vents spanning the entire width of the dashboard. The All-New Clio is also available with ambient lighting in eight different colours.