The Renault Clio is one of the more stylish choices in the B-segment hatch market. It’s now received a facelift and a new turbodiesel engine.
The current Renault Clio arrived in the local market in 2013 and has been particularly successful, especially in comparison with its preceding generations. The Clio is well specified and with its small (0.9-litre) turbocharged engine, proves to be very fuel efficient. Last year, Renault SA added an entry-level Blaze- as well as a 1.2-litre automatic derivative to the range.
The new facelifted model, which will arrive in the local market before the end of 2016, features a wider grille and new LED headlights. The rear end has a slightly redesigned skirt that is apparently more robust (we believe it means "will absorb parking impacts better"). Four new colours have been added to the range – Mars red, Titanium grey, Arctic white and Iron blue.
Meanwhile, the Renault's interior has received a quality upgrade and particular attention was paid to the quality of plastic finishes. The chrome trim within the cabin is also less blingy thanks to a more tasteful matt finish. The upholstery is new too and said to be of a better quality.
The multimedia systems have been upgraded and even the entry-level models now include Smartphone integration. The touchscreen systems (with navigation) are still available and R-Link with voice activation is now included. A Bose sound system can be added for a bit of extra audio power and hands-free, self-parking is available in top spec models.
New turbodiesel engine
The major news with the facelift is that there is now a turbodiesel engine available, although it is not clear whether it will be offered in South Africa. The 1.5-litre engine (sourced from the Nissan Juke and Qashqai) is available with a six-speed manual gearbox. The current 1.2-litre turbopetrol automatic is now also available with a manual gearbox for the first time.
Renault plans to launch the facelifted Clio towards the back end of 2016.