2013 RENAULT CLIO AUSTRALIA
Renault's all-new Clio hatch has touched down in Australia, arriving one year on from its global debut at the Geneva Motor Show.
Importantly for the carmaker's local arm, the new Clio introduces design boss Laurens van den Acker's dynamic new styling language. We'll see more of that when the new Captur crossover gets here next year.
Available only in five-door form, the new Clio range opens with the $16,790 Authentique manual and topping out with the $23,290 Dynamique auto.
Depending on the model, the new Clio can be had with either a 0.9 litre (898cc to be exact) three-cylinder petrol engine, or a larger 1.2 litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol unit.
The smaller of the two engines offers 66kW and 135Nm of torque. Mated exclusively to a five-speed manual, the engine lists fuel consumption at 4.5 l/100km.
Moving up to the 1.2 litre petrol engine boosts power to 88kW and 190Nm. Five-speed manual and six-speed dual-clutch auto transmissions are available, and fuel use is listed at 5.2 l/100km for both.
Renault promises a 0-100km/h time of 12.2 seconds for the three-cylinder manual, and a much sharper 9.4 seconds for the four-cylinder auto.
The top-shelf Clio RS gets a 147kW turbo engine, but you won't see that one here until early next year.
There's also a 67kW diesel unit available overseas, but that has yet to be confirmed for Australia. ("Never say never", Renault Australia boss Justin Hocevar tells TMR.)
Suspension in the new Clio is by MacPherson struts up front, with a Torsion beam arrangement managing the rear end.
Both models get 258x22mm vented brake discs at the front, while rear brakes are drums measuring 203x38mm for the three-cylinder model and 228x38mm for the four-cylinder.
The new Clio weighs 1019kg in manual form, and 1104kg with the auto on-board.
Features in the new Clio include a seven-inch touch display with Bluetooth calling/audio connectivity, USB/iPod ports, MEDIA NAV and R-Link systems (in Expression and Dynamique models) which also includes sat-nav.
There's also keyless entry, fuel-saving, stop/start and an eco-driving guidance display, hill-start assist, cruise control, air-con, height- and reach-adjustable steering wheel, electric door mirrors, and electric front windows.
The range-topping Dynamique adds climate control with charcoal/carbon pollen filter and Air Quality Sensor, and a reversing camera with parking sensors.
Lastly, the Dynamique also gets the ‘R-Sound Effect’ system, allowing the driver to choose an engine sound from a screen selection, and to set its volume.
You can choose from a hot-hatch, to a rorty V6 to a vintage race car, among others, and, it’s a gimmick, but it sounds sensational.
The new Clio offers 300 litres of rear storage space with the back seats up, growing to 1146 litres when the seats are laid down.
Pricing (excludes on-road costs)
- Clio Authentique TCe 90 - manual - $16,790
- Clio Expression TCe 90 - manual - $17,790
- Clio Expression TCe 120 - EDC auto - $19,790
- Clio Dynamique TCe 120 - EDC auto - $23,290
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