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Old 07-03-2012, 10:15 AM   #1
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The wraps have come off the new Renault Clio 4; a pivotal model in the French maker’s European re-invention. It will premiere at the Paris motor show in September.

The first production Renault to have been designed entirely by Laurens van den Acker, the Clio 4 aims to be more instantly recognisable, more upmarket and more desirable than its predecessor, which never achieved the sales success of the first- and second-generation models: Renault UK sold 21,000 Clios in 2011, compared to 86,000 in 2002.

Longer, lower and wider than its predecessor, the new car sits on an updated version of the existing platform, meaning torsion beam rear and MacPherson strut front suspension.

The architecture is “heavily upgraded” according to Benoit Bochard, Renault’s program director for small cars, with altered wheelbase, tracks, and notably a revised electrically-assisted steering system set-up to bring “a lot more steering precision, for a real upgraded driving sensation”.
The five-door only Clio 4’s exterior design is a deliberate departure from its predecessor. It is the first model in the range to get the new corporate face, bearing a bigger Renault badge and sleeker, integrated grille and headlights.

Prominent rear wheel-arches are inspired by the Renault DeZir concept, and go a long way to providing elements of the “sexiness and sportiness” that Van den Acker is keen to promote.

The rear door handles are hidden in the C-pillars. Bouchard maintains that the Clio 4’s design “offers enough desirability to satisfy those who might have bought a three-door”.

With price being such a make-or-break element in this class, Renault has taken the decision to drop the entry price of the Clio 4 by around £1000, bringing the base three-cylinder car in at under £10,500, in order to be more competitive with the Peugeot 208.

A broad range of personalisation features will allow buyers to select different coloured body accents, including varying colours of side strip and diffuse, decals, and interior colour panels.

Crucially, the cabin is a dramatically more upmarket affair. All trim levels will get the same dash architecture (the Clio 3 was criticised for having cheaper dash layouts in the base model), which will include a 7-inch colour touch screen as standard in the mid- and higher-spec cars.

The software used on this infotainment system, dubbed ‘R-Link’, is co-developed by Renault and Tom Tom and will be available with a variety of optional extra including internet connectivity and eventually speech-to-text functionality. Base cars will get Bluetooth and standard radio/CD.
This together with a variety of material finishes, coloured inserts that can be personalised to match exterior colour choices, soft-touch rotary dials and a generally more solid-feeling cabin altogether goes a long way to supporting Renault’s assertions that the new Clio will up the brand’s premium appeal.

Safety will remain five-star and Renault claims that efficiency will be class-leading. The eco-heroes of the range will appear in the form of a new turbocharged 0.9-litre three-cylinder petrol engine, and a heavily revised version of the 1.5 turbodiesel four-pot, both of which will put out around 90bhp.

The Clio will be the first application of Renault's new three-cylinder Energy TCe 90 engine. Renault claims performance is comparable with a 1.4-litre naturally aspirated engine. It develops 90bhp and 99lb ft at 2000rpm and returns 65.9mpg. CO2 emissions are rated at 99g/km.

The 1.5-litre diesel unit offers 162lb ft of torque from 1750rpm, and an economy-optimised Eco2 version with taller gearing has headline figures of 83g/km and 88.2mpg. That better's the Ford Fiesta Econetic’s figures to claim class-leadership.

A turbocharged 1.2-litre four-pot petrol will also feature in the range from launch, and will be mated to a new six-speed dual-clutch auto as standard. The same gearbox will be optional on the diesel.

Order books open in October, with first deliveries beginning in early 2013.
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Old 07-03-2012, 09:50 PM   #2
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They'll have to scale down that "losange" Renault badge a little bit. It's too wide and tall on the front fascia. Otherwise, I like the looks of that 4th gen Clio. I find interesting that the 2 gas engines offered at launch are both turbocharged.
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Not bad but I think Renault should sell cars in the US again?
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Not bad but I think Renault should sell cars in the US again?
Even if everyone knew what a Renault is, how many would actually buy one. 1% of 1% of the population?

I'd buy one because I like french cars, but i'm in the vast minority. Most people would rather be ignorant and buy junk japanese cars or archaic american beasts.
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Old 09-28-2012, 08:02 PM   #5
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http://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/pa...aultsport-clio

brake energy recovery system? some sort of KERS?
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Old 12-03-2012, 09:57 AM   #6
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Old 12-03-2012, 11:38 AM   #7
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Not bad but I think Renault should sell cars in the US again?
We have Renaults available in a watered-down manner vicariously through Nissan.
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Old 02-14-2013, 02:11 PM   #8
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Old 02-14-2013, 09:01 PM   #9
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Even if everyone knew what a Renault is, how many would actually buy one. 1% of 1% of the population?

I'd buy one because I like french cars, but i'm in the vast minority. Most people would rather be ignorant and buy junk japanese cars or archaic american beasts.
How do modern French cars compare with their German and Italian counterparts?
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At least we get its cousin on the same platform
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How do modern French cars compare with their German and Italian counterparts?
Drive a Versa to find out.
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To heck with that. Bring on the alpha brera!
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Even if everyone knew what a Renault is, how many would actually buy one. 1% of 1% of the population?

I'd buy one because I like french cars, but i'm in the vast minority. Most people would rather be ignorant and buy junk japanese cars or archaic american beasts.
This guy just said junk japanese cars on a Subaru enthusiasts forum. Can we get a ban please! ?
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Renault reveals further specs on Clio Renaultsport
New Clio Renaultsport 200 Turbo will be lighter and faster than outgoing car



The new Renault Clio Renaultsport is faster and lighter than the car it replaces, it has been confirmed.

The car’s 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine develops 197bhp and 177lb ft of torque, 19lb ft more than before. Peak torque arrives at 1750rpm and is available to 5500rpm - a far wider band than the current car.

Renault claims the Clio Renaultsport 200 can sprint from 0-62mph in 6.7sec – 0.2sec faster than the car it replaces. The official kerb weight is 1204kg, 36kg lighter than before.

The car will be offered with a six-speed dual-clutch transmission only. Renault says it features the first sub-supercar application of the multi-downshift function.

It is also the first production car to be fitted with rally car-style hydraulic compression stops in the shock absorbers. A Renaultsport differential and launch control will be fitted as standard.

The Clio will offer a Renaultsport drive system with three modes – Normal, Sport and Race. These allow engine, accelerator pedal, steering and ESP map settings to be altered. In Race mode, the car’s ESP and traction control systems can be fully deactivated.

The suspension, which features a MacPherson front arrangement, has a thicker anti-roll bar. The front brakes measure 320mm, up from the old car’s 312mm units.

Visual changes include a choice of 17 or 18in alloy wheels, an ‘F1 blade’ front bumper, a Renaultsport rear diffuser, twin exhausts and specific side skirts. Standard-fit tyres are Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2.

As before, the Clio Renaultsport is offered with an optional Cup chassis that reduces the ride height by 3mm and provides a 15 per cent stiffer chassis and a quicker steering rack. Clio Cup models also feature 18in gloss-black Renaultsport wheels wrapped with Dunlop Sport Maxx tyres.

Renault claims running costs have been reduced over the old car. Fuel economy increases by 10.3mpg to 44.8mpg, while CO2 emissions drop by 46g/km to 144g/km. Consequently, road tax is reduced from £250 to £135.

Standard equipment includes Bluetooth, USB connectivity, a seven-inch touchscreen operating TomTom Live navigation, keyless start and entry and Renaultsport front seats. On-board telemetry, which displays laptimes, real-time torque and standing start figures is among the options available.

Renault will confirm pricing on 28 February, ahead of order books opening in April. The first deliveries are set to commence in June.
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I do wish we got French cars here, they seem to be pretty competitive in C and D segment. It would be a stretch to expect PSA to start a dealer network all over again here in the US, but couldn't Nissan sell some of the Renault cars over here through the existing dealers?

The Clio, for example, would not cannibalize the Versa so much, I don't think, simply because the Versa is very aggressively priced and has the quality feel to match the price tag. The Clio, on the other hand, looks like it has a lot more character.
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^^ Nice ! I wish Renault Sport would keep a manual gearbox as an option in the Clio (maybe as part of the "Cup" chassis).
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*puts thumb over comically large Renault badge*

That is a fine looking car!
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^^ Terrific review !
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that beeping would drive me nuts.
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Curious, Does the Clio underpin the New Nissan Pulsar (on their side of the pond)?

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Not sure why everyone drools over this car. They are just appealing because we don't have them here. They are nothing really special over in Europe.

It's like the 500 and Smart car, everyone say they would want one, but when it gets here no one really buys them...
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