Renault has unveiled its new Clio supermini ahead of the car’s world debut at the 2012 Paris Motor Show in September.
The Ford Fiesta rival will go on sale in the UK early next year, and full pricing and specification information will be confirmed closer to the car’s launch.
Five-door variant only
The new Clio will be available in five-door form only, and there will be a performance-focused RenaultSport Clio model arriving later in 2013.
Renault has not yet confirmed the new Clio’s range structure, but we think it will follow the existing car’s trim line-up of Expression, Dynamique TomTom and GT Line TomTom.
The latest Clio is 100kg lighter than the vehicle it replaces, helping to improve efficiency.
New three-cylinder engine
The fourth generation Clio will get a new 90bhp 0.9-litre three-cylinder, turbocharged petrol engine with engine stop-start technology.
Renault claims this new engine will deliver the performance of a conventional 1.4 petrol, with claimed efficiency of 65.9mpg combined and 99g/km CO2 emissions, meaning zero car tax (VED).
The only diesel model slated for release so far is a new 90bhp version of Renault’s 1.5-litre dCi turbodiesel unit. This will be the most efficient engine in the new Clio’s line-up, returning a claimed 88mpg combined with CO2 emissions of 83g/km.
The firm’s existing 120bhp 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engine will also be available in conjunction with Renault’s dual-clutch gearbox – a first for any Clio.