The Renault Clio has received its first significant facelift since the current model was launched in 2012. This latest version boasts a number of styling changes and new features to help it keep pace with rivals such as the Skoda Fabia and Ford Fiesta. Read on to discover what’s new and when we can expect to see this stylish French supermini on UK roads.
The newly facelifted Clio won’t go on sale in the UK until October 2016 – this means you could get a great deal on the outgoing model by using our Renault Clio configurator. If you’re not sure what car to buy, check out our deals pages and car chooser tool.
New Renault Clio styling
The new Clio benefits from subtle styling changes to help differentiate it from the outgoing model. The headlights now feature integrated C-shaped LED daytime running lights that mirror those fitted to the latest Megane hatchback. Both the front and rear bumpers have been modified to feature wider and more aggressive black grilles.
The plastic and chrome inserts on the doors and body sides have been carried over mostly unchanged from the old model, although the chrome components now boast a matte rather than a gloss finish. These curvaceous pieces help to make the Clio look both lower and less slab-sided.
Renault has added four new colours to the current Clio palette – buyers can now choose from a selection that includes Mars Red, Titanium Grey, Arctic White and Iron Blue hues.
New Renault Clio interior
The Clio’s interior has been subtly overhauled and now features all-new upholstery and a range of upgraded plastics with a wood grain-effect finish. Customers can choose from a selection of three different infotainment systems, from the standard R&GO smartphone application to the upgraded R-Link evolution system – a more comprehensive built-in unit with a tablet-like seven-inch display.
Rear parking sensors are fitted as standard but features such as hands-free parking and a rear-facing camera are optional extras. Similarly, an upgraded stereo system with Bose speakers is offered, but not as standard.
New Renault Clio engines and driving
The Clio will be available with the same selection of engines as the current model, although both the 110hp 1.5-litre turbo diesel engine and 120hp 1.2-litre petrol unit will now be available with six-speed manual gearboxes.
New Renault Clio price and release date
No official prices have been announced for the new Clio, but Renault has confirmed that it will go on sale in the UK in October 2016 – the first cars are expected to be delivered later that same month.
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You might not be able to get behind the wheel of the new Clio until October, but you could get a great deal on the outgoing model by using our Renault Clio configurator. If you’re not sure what car to buy, take a look at our deals page or car chooser tool.
New Renault Clio price specs and release date (updated May 2016)
The Renault Clio is due to be treated to a mid-life facelift, four years after the fourth generation version of the popular French supermini was released. The changes should bring revised exterior styling, improved interior quality and one or two tweaks to the engine lineup to help it keep pace with rivals like the Skoda Fabia.
Spy shots published by French publication Auto Moto reveal Renault is currently road-testing versions of the overhauled Clio with camouflage to hide the new look. Read on to find out what we expect to change.
New Renault Clio styling
Though the spy shots show the Clio in estate form – a body style not sold in the UK – we can see from the front that the updated car will sport a revised bumper design. In place of the single, rounded grille opening of the existing car will sit three more angular vents, the outer pair housing the front fog lights.
The LED daytime running lights of the outgoing car have come in for criticism from some testers – their location mounted within the front grille appears to have been something of an afterthought. However, close-up photos of the Clio’s redesigned headlights suggest that this will be remedied. The new units feature integrated LED lighting, with the C-shaped signature set to bear a closer resemblance to that found on the larger Megane.
Changes along the flanks and to the rear are expected to be more subtle than those at the front, with only minor detailing edits expected to the tail lights and bumper.
New Renault Clio interior
While we’re yet to see any images of the new Clio’s cabin, rumours suggest that the quality of dashboard and upholstery materials are set to increase drastically in order to keep pace with higher quality rivals like the Peugeot 208. Given the impressive build quality of the Megane, Renault certainly has the potential for improvement.
New Renault Clio driving and engines
The majority of the fourth generation Clio’s petrol and diesel engine options are likely to remain. However, the 74 horsepower 1.2-litre petrol which has seen service in the Clio since 2001 looks set to be dropped in favour of the more emissions-friendly 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol used by the Twingo.
New Renault Clio prices and release date
The revised Clio is rumoured to make its debut at the Paris Motor Show in October 2016, and will go on sale shortly after. Prices are not expected the vary much from the where they stand now, though the new entry-level 1.0-litre petrol could see the price of base models rise by around £300 from the current £11,145.