New Clio arrives to big welcome
Posted on: 7th Nov 2012
The new Clio – Renault’s eagerly-awaited upgrade to its best-selling supermini series - has arrived in Northern Ireland.
The arrival of the new car, which will heat up the battle in an already hotly-contested class - was celebrated at a reception at Charles Hurst Renault in Belfast.
The car is available for pre-order at Charles Hurst and other Renault dealers across Northern Ireland for delivery in February.
Now in its fourth-generation, the latest version of the 12 million-selling (over one million in the UK) supermini boasts an “all-new, sensual look on the outside, with a more upmarket feel on the inside”, according to the manufacturers.
New new technology, a array of new options and “state-of-the-art” engines are among the changes heralded by the French marque. Breaking with tradition, the new Clio will be available solely in five-door guise, but with a coupé-like silhouette incorporating hidden rear door handles and a sportier profile.
To back up its contemporary look, UK models will also be priced to tackle its rivals head on, including an “eye-catching” entry price of £10,595.
A large options list is also available, including panoramic fixed glass roof (£350), Convenience Pack (centre armrest and climate control- £260), metallic paint (£460),and rear parking camera (£350) (Dynamique S MediaNav).
Under the bonnet, all of the engines in the fourth-generation Clio are new. In the case of the 1.2 16V 75, it has been extensively modified, resulting in a 2.7 mpg fuel economy improvement, as well as an 8 g/km reduction in CO2 emissions.
The bigger news though is the debut of two new engines in Renault’s high-selling supermini, the 0.9-litre TCe 90 and 1.5 dCi 90. Both are available with special ‘ECO’ variants in the mid-range Expression+ and Dynamique MediaNav trim levels.