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Renault announces new Clio

Facelifted Clio on sale in May

New Renault Clio

Facelifted Clio

This new Renault Clio is not an all-new car – rather it is a heavily revised version of the current generation Clio III. 

Changes to the exterior are designed to bring it into line with the looks of the latest Renault Mégane.

The new Clio looks quite different on the outside, but owners of the current version will immediately recognise the interior.

The car pictured is in new ‘GT’ specification – again bringing the Clio into line with other Renault model ranges.

This spec gives the Clio an even more aggressive, sporty exterior design, complete with twin exhausts, boot spoiler, and exclusive ‘Malta Blue’ paint choice. The interior gets sporty details, too.

RenaultSport version ‘likely’

Although the Clio GT is obviously intended to attract keen drivers, a high-performance RenaultSport version of the Clio is likely to continue at the top of the range as before.

At this stage the only other firm detail we have about the new Clio is that it will debut a new satellite navigation system.

Renault Clio satnav

Integrated (but removable) sat-nav

Developed in conjunction with sat nav specialist TomTom, the big news here is not only will it be completely updatable, it is expected to cost under £500.

Integrated sat nav

That’s significantly more expensive than most portable sat navs, but it is properly integrated in the style of Seat and Volvo ‘removable’ sat navs. The ‘Carminat TomTom’ will even include traffic information, safety camera locations, and speed limit notification.

We’ll know more about prices, engines and other specifications at March’s Geneva motor show – but expect plenty of kit and a wide range of petrol and diesel units, as before.

The New Clio goes on sale in the UK in May 2009.

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