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- New Renault Clio spotted for the first time
- Alternative to the VW Polo and Ford Fiesta
- Specs include high-tech interior
- New 1.3-litre petrol engine
- Release date early 2019
- Price from around £13,000
These are the first pictures you’ll have seen of the new Renault Clio, taken when the car was undertaking testing in Spain.
2019 new Renault Clio price and release date
The 2019 Renault is likely to be released sometime next year with a starting price of around £13,000, rising to around £20,000 for top-of-the-range model. Specs will include a high-tech interior and tiny engines with excellent fuel economy and peppy performance.
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2019 new Renault Clio styling
Despite all the camouflage on car in these latest photographs, it is clear that the new 2019 Renault Clio will be styled to match the latest Renault Megane – a fact confirmed by the horizontal grille rungs that are only partially concealed by plastic tape. You can also see that the new Clio will get the Megane’s beak-like front end and the same piercing headlights with distinctive, J-shaped LEDs that drop down to the top of the front bumper.
Have a look at the car in profile and it seems likely that the new Renault Clio will have the same concealed rear door handles you get on the current model. That allows it to have the sportier looks of a three-door car, while still offering the great rear-seat access you can only get with five doors. Chunky wheel arches and large pillars will help the car look solid and you’re also likely to get a mock air vent above the front wheels for sporty appeal.
Predicting the car’s rear-end styling is trickier – even the tail lights of the pictured test car have been masked over with camouflage. That said, you can tell the new Renault Clio will get a boot-mounted spoiler that should slightly improve fuel economy and is likely to get an LED light strip that wraps around the rear of the car, much like you’ll see in the Megane. This test car also seems to sport a reversing camera, which will make the 2019 Clio a doddle to park.
2019 New Renault Clio interior
You are likely to see that the biggest changes have been made to the 2019 Renault Clio interior, though, where it’s expected to get a huge, portrait-style infotainment screen.
That’ll make it unique for a car this size and – to make the most of it – Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are likely to be fitted as standard. As a result, even if you don’t choose a top-of-the-range model with integrated sat-nav, you’ll still be able to get navigation by using an app on your phone via the car’s big screen. That all being said, entry-level models will likely do without the fancy screen to keep costs low.
Because the Clio’s touchscreen will be used to control the radio and sat-nav, conventional knobs and buttons will be reserved for the ventilation system – making it easy to adjust when you’re concentrating on driving. That’ll give the new Clio’s cabin a clean design, leaving space for fancy trim pieces and cool mood lighting.
Aside from looking posher than the current model, the new Renault Clio should also offer slightly more space in the front. All cars will get plenty of adjustment in the steering wheel and driver’s seat to accommodate a variety of heights comfortably.
Your rear-seat passengers will likely notice a much bigger difference – the current Clio comes up short on head and knee room so you can expect this new model to make noticeable improvements. Cars of the new Clio’s size – such as the Volkswagen Polo and SEAT Ibiza – can comfortably accommodate four six-footers, so you would expect the Renault to follow suit.
To match those cars, the new Clio’s boot will need to be able to swallow three suitcases and a couple soft bags with its rear seats up, and a bike with both its wheels attached with the rear seats folded away into the floor.
2019 New Renault Clio specs
The new 2019 Renault Clio will be offered with a choice of petrol and diesel engines. Rumours that the car will also be available as a petrol-hybrid are possible but have yet to be confirmed.
And anyway, the entry-level 90hp 1.0-litre petrol engine should be plenty frugal enough – it will be capable of fuel economy of around 60mpg and nippy performance in town.
If you often drive on the motorway then you’ll maybe want to consider the new 150hp 1.3-litre petrol engine, which will make the Renault Clio feel pretty brisk while getting close to the 1.0-litre model’s economy.
If you want even better fuel economy, though, you’ll want to consider the 90hp 1.5-litre diesel model that should be capable of returning nearly 90mpg. It’ll feel powerful on the motorway and when fully loaded, but you’ll need to have a very high-mileage to recoup the cost to buy over the basic petrol model.
In terms of safety technology, you can expect the new Clio to come fitted with automatic emergency braking as standard. Top-of-the-range models will be available with lane assist and active cruise control – so the car will be able to drive itself in a straight line, while you keep your hands on the steering wheel.
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