Renault’s compact hatchback range, which underwent a mild facelift late in 2016, has been further expanded with the introduction of an 88 kW 1.2-litre 6-speed turbopetrol derivative, replete with GT-Line accoutrements.
To recap: the French marque's Clio facelift comprises aesthetic updates that are quite subtle; they include revised grille, front- and rear aprons and the introduction of C-shaped DRLs (flagship models gain Pure Vision LED headlights too).
Inside, the Clio benefits from upgraded materials and finishes that are more akin to those seen in the Megane range and all but one of the derivatives come standard with a MediaNav 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with integrated navigation function.
The entry-level Authentique derivative features the R&Go application (complemented by a built-in smartphone cradle) that enables a user to operate the Clio’s audio system by accessing its menu functions through their device’s screen. Optional extras include MediaNav and leather steering wheel for the Authentique (R10 000), a panoramic glass roof for the Dynamique (R 8 000) and metallic paint (R2 500).
Meanwhile, the introduction of the GT-Line specification effectively presents buyers with a Clio derivative that offers more visual appeal than the rest of the range (apart from the RenaultSport hot hatch version, which will debut in due course), BUT it offers more drivability courtesy of the mid-range 88 kW 1.2-litre turbopetrol motor being offered, for the first time, with a 6-speed manual transmission.
The GT-Line exterior is differentiated from the rest of the new Clio range through 17-inch titanium grey alloys, matching door mirrors, titanium grey inserts on side door protectors and boot lid, as well as distinctive fog light surrounds. Furthermore, the restyled front bumper features GT-Line scoops, while the rear gains a bespoke diffuser and a chrome-tipped exhaust end.
Inside there are several Renault Sport influenced elements, such as the leather steering wheel with the GT-Line insert, "Zamac" gear knob, distinctive blue stitching on the leather trims, GT-Line embossed headrests, plus sport front seats with extra side support.
The 1.2-litre turbopetrol motor, which produces peak outputs of 88 kW and 205 Nm, is claimed to accelerate from 0 to 100 kph in 9.0 sec courtesy of its 6-speed box and Renault claims the derivative will consume an average of 5.3 litres/100 km with carbon dioxide emissions of 118 g/km.
Renault Clio range prices in South Africa:
|66 kW Turbo Authentique 5dr||R206 900|
|66 kW Turbo Expression 5dr||R226 900|
|66 kW Turbo Dynamique 5dr||R244 900|
|88 kW Turbo GT-Line 5dr||R264 900|
|88kW Turbo EDC Expression 5dr||R264 900|
Prices include a 5-year/150 000 km mechanical warranty, a 6-year anti-corrosion warranty and a 3-year/45 000 km service plan, with intervals set at 15 000 km.
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