Renault presented the All-New Clio, the fifth generation of the automotive icon. To date some 15 million units of the Renault Clio have been sold since it was launched in 1990 and it has become Groupe Renault's best-selling model worldwide. Clio represents the French population's favourite car more than any other model and has risen to the top of the B segment in Europe since 2013. In a remarkable sales performance, Clio sales increased each year between 2012 and 2018.
More modern and athletic, the All-New Renault Clio draws on the DNA responsible for its success for nearly 30 years. It builds on the strengths of each of the four previous generations, opening a new and highly anticipated chapter in an illustrious story.
Designed according to the "Evolution and Revolution" principle, the All-New Clio rewrites the rule book with more mature body styling and an entirely revamped interior. Featuring more sculpted lines and a more assertive front end, the All-New Clio gains in vitality and modernity while remaining instantly recognisable, despite the fact that it comprises 100 per cent new parts. Inside, the revolution is strikingly clear. The completely redesigned interior is inspired by higher-end segments, both in terms of perceived quality and available technology. These strengths benefit all motorists, bringing them greater practicality and ease in use.
"The fifth generation Clio is very important for us as it is the best-seller in its segment and the second best-selling car in Europe, all categories combined. The Clio is an icon, and the latest features the very best of the previous generations. The exterior design of Clio IV won over our customers and continues to do so today, so we chose to keep that DNA while bringing modernity and elegance to the new model. The interior has undergone a true revolution, with a considerable improvement in perceived quality, greater sophistication and technology. It is the best Clio yet." Laurens van den Acker, Senior Vice President, Corporate Design
The All-New Renault Clio is the spearhead of Groupe Renault's strategic plan, "Drive the Future (2017-2022)". Presented in autumn 2017, the plan has three key objectives:
The All-New Clio is central to the strategy aimed at strengthening synergies in the Alliance. This strategy notably hinges on the development of shared technologies and the use of new platforms, such as the CMF-B platform that the All-New Renault Clio is the first to be built on and its new electrical and electronic architecture. The platform can thus integrate the latest technologies to respond to new market requirements.
The All-New Renault Clio sparks an interior revolution
It takes just an instant to notice. Perceived quality and the ergonomics of the driving position were set as priorities for the All-New Clio interior design teams. The cabin takes on a new dimension in perceived quality with high-end materials, a soft coating on the dashboard, door panels and central console surround, and meticulously finished furnishings. Featuring a more compact design to free up space and integrate more in-car technologies, the All-New Renault Clio's all-new 'Smart Cockpit' is driver-focused. The wave-like shape underlines the impression of width. Equipped with the widest screens in the segment, it provides resolutely modern ergonomics for a more immersive driving experience. The All-New Clio makes innovations unique to the segment widely accessible, among them an electric parking brake, which is particularly useful in city driving.
A key component of the Smart Cockpit, the 9.3-inch multimedia screen (twice as large as the 7-inch version) is the biggest ever on a Renault model. The vertical and subtly curved tablet, inspired by that on Espace, visually enlarges the dashboard, lends the cabin a more contemporary feel and improves screen visibility. Turned towards the driver, the screen, with its new EASY LINK connected system, comprises all the multimedia, navigation and infotainment features as well as the MULTI-SENSE settings, all of them remarkably simple to use.
Digital instrument binnacle
For the first time, the All-New Clio is equipped with a digital screen replacing the traditional analogue display. The technology has been adopted directly from higher-end segments. Measuring 7 to 10 inches, the TFT screen can be used to customise the driving experience in a highly intuitive manner. The 10-inch version will include GPS navigation in the display. With its two, 9.3-inch and 10-inch screens, the All-New Clio boasts the largest screens in its category.
Particular attention was paid to the quality of the All-New Renault Clio's entirely redesigned dashboard. It is divided into three parts: a top panel with a foamed coating, a coated and customisable central panel, and a lower area housing functional components such as the glove box. The dashboard's wave-like shape lends extra visual width to the cockpit. This impression is further heightened by the horizontal forms of the central and side air vents. Below the central screen, meticulous attention was paid to ergonomics, with 'piano' buttons and direct-access air conditioning controls for easier use by drivers.
The new, more elegant steering wheel has a more compact design through the use of a more compact airbag than on the previous model, improving dashboard visibility for the driver. Equipped with a thumb rest and a broader hoop, the new wheel is also a pleasure to hold. It is fitted with new, more comprehensive and back-lit controls and contributes to the improvement in perceived quality with its satin chrome finish.
The central console is also a key component of the All-New Clio's Smart Cockpit. Positioned higher for enhanced ergonomics, it is home to a shorter gear lever offering a natural and comfortable grip. The coated central console can be customised depending on the interior design scheme and features special lighting on its outer edge. The eminently practical storage compartments built in to the lower part of the console make life easier for passengers, including a wireless smartphone charging area.
The seats on the All-New Clio are generally seen in higher-end models. They provide better support through a longer seat base and a more enveloping shape. Their semi-soft shell significantly improves knee space for rear passengers when their new, thinner comma-shaped headrests improve rear visibility and bring back-seat passengers a greater sense of spaciousness. Particular care has been taken in the choice of materials, as in the case of the dashboard. As such, these contribute to the improvement in perceived quality on board. The seats are also more ergonomic and easier to use thanks to more accessible controls.
The door panels on the All-New Clio are also available in soft materials unique to the segment. The coated panels boast large inserts enlivened, like the arm rests, by a range of available design schemes. The inserts are also equipped with a soft, indirect and diffuse light ambience.
Each All-New Renault Clio owner can create a car that reflects their personality with a range of customisation packs, deciding on the appearance of the central console, dashboard, door panels, steering wheel and arm rests. Customers can choose between no fewer than eight interior design schemes and benefit from an innovative customisation offering with special colours for the line formed by the air vents spanning the entire width of the dashboard. The All-New Clio is also available with ambient lighting in eight different colours.
A more modern and expressive exterior design
More elegant and dynamic from all angles, the All-New Clio inherits the sensual shapes of the previous generation. The new model gains in expressiveness while keeping its sleek profile. At the front, the bonnet incorporates ribs for a sculpted effect. The grille is bigger and the front bumper is more pronounced with a very expressive central air scoop that promotes good engine cooling. In terms of size, the All-New Clio is 14 mm shorter but more spacious inside. The body has been lowered by up to 30 mm for better aerodynamics and extra athleticism. The 17-inch wheels (depending on version) enhance the new model's dynamic look. Details such as the shark fin antenna, the 100 per cent LED lights, the flush tailgate and the chrome-plated side-window surrounds serve to modernise the exterior and improve perceived quality.
The All-New Renault Clio is available in several new body colours including Valencia Orange and Celadon Blue. Embodying the All-New Clio's vitality, the new Valencia Orange tone offers unprecedented depth and radiance thanks to a specific coloured varnish treatment making its first appearance in the automotive industry. In all, the All-New Clio is available in 10 body colours and with three exterior customisation packs (in red, orange and black).
The All-New Renault Clio is the first to be fitted with air deflectors on the front wheel arches. The deflectors serve to limit friction and boost aerodynamics, thereby reducing fuel consumption. As a bonus, they lend a dynamic and sporty air to the design of the All-New Clio.
The headlights on the All-New Clio, now 100 per cent LED from the entry version, are equipped with the C-Shape light signature that characterises Renault models. They lend the All-New Renault Clio a more expressive look, underscored by the diamond motif topping the light and adding extra elegance.
The boot architecture has been optimised to make its shape as cubic as possible. The premium BOSE audio system has been fully integrated and therefore does not encroach on boot volume, which has been increased to 391 litres (plus 26 litres of interior storage space), making it the largest in the segment. The double floor simplifies everyday loading, while the rear seats fold down to provide a flat floor.
As with the headlights, the more expressive rear lights feature a new C-Shape light signature with a particularly strong effect of depth. A third, longer and thinner brake light is fitted on the top of the rear window.
The sleek profile of the previous generation, symbolised by the window-mounted rear door handles, has been improved through a number of aesthetic choices. These include chrome-plated window surrounds, gloss black window pillars and rear handles, lower side panels hollowed out of the sheet metal, and the chrome-plated CLIO signature. The care and detail paid to the body sides also boost the perceived quality of the exterior.
The rear comprises chrome-plated lines as seen on the sides, while the cut of the rear window serves to more seamlessly integrate the tailgate in the body. The design of the boot, and in particular the flush fit between tailgate and bumper, was reworked for extra perceived quality.
The All-New Renault Clio R.S. Line: A new version inspired by Renault Sport
Renault Sport is introducing its R.S. Line trim on the All-New Clio, gradually replacing the former GT-Line. GT-Line was a pioneer in sporty look packs and has bolstered the Renault Sport range strategy in all markets since 2010. With upgraded and richer content, R.S. Line is more than a mere name change.
R.S. Line provides a more athletic look in response to the expectations of customers, who are increasingly looking for extra differentiation through dynamic styling.
R.S. Line also has stronger kinship with the high-performance R.S. label, the two letters being synonymous with authentic sports driving. The new label boasts all the key exterior and interior design cues of Renault Sport.
Outside, the All-New Renault Clio R.S. Line is fitted with the F1 blade, an emblematic design component of R.S. models. It also stands apart with its honeycomb grille, special 17-inch wheel rims and more athletic rear end.
The interior is home to other distinctive R.S. Line items including sports seats with reinforced support, carbon-style inserts, a perforated leather steering wheel with the double R.S. diamond, an aluminium pedal set, and red customisation touches matching the topstitching on the seats and steering wheel.
The R.S. Line brings the All-New Clio more sporty attributes so that customers can more fully experience the brand's motorsport heritage, which remains very much alive today, from Formula 1 to customer competition.
A new range of engines including Renault's first E-TECH hybrid
New Renault Clio is available with a broad selection of petrol engines - all of them new to the range - and diesel engines, with power ranging from 65 hp all the way to 130 hp. The engines feature leading-edge technologies compliant with the most recent standards and boast some of the lowest fuel consumption and emissions figures in the segment.
In addition, and in a first for Groupe Renault, New Clio will be available with a E-TECH hybrid drive train from 2020. To fully meet their needs, customers will be able to choose from nine engine/gearbox combinations. With the 1.0 TCe and 1.3 TCe engines developed by Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi, as well as the E-TECH engine designed by Renault, New Clio perfectly embodies the synergies central to Groupe Renault and its Alliance partners.
E-TECH, the hybrid by Renault combining efficiency and pleasure
For nearly 30 years now, Renault Clio has stood as an exemplary everyday car, fully in step with its times and making the finest automotive technology broadly accessible. The All-new Clio respects that tradition, and in 2020 will be available with a full-hybrid drive train called E-TECH. This is a major first for Groupe Renault, which harnessed all its expertise as the European leader in electric mobility to offer a unique hybrid experience on the All-new Clio.
The E-TECH drive train was developed and patented by Renault engineering. It uses components designed by the Alliance, including the new-generation 1.6 liter petrol engine reworked specifically for the occasion. It is accompanied by two electric motors, an innovative multi-mode gearbox and a 1.2 kWh battery.
Renault E-TECH hybrid technology provides maximum efficiency in use with class-leading responsiveness, limited energy waste and quick battery charging when decelerating. The drive train's excellent energy yield recovers and restores a maximum amount of energy. The car starts in all-electric mode, and the driver benefits from a powerful regenerative engine. The regenerative braking similar to that of an electric vehicle, the high battery charging capacity and the energy efficiency of the E-TECH system combined make it possible to drive up to 80% of the time in all-electric mode in the city, for a gain of up to 40% in fuel consumption compared with a conventional internal-combustion petrol engine in an urban cycle. While maintaining a driving pleasure never seen before on the hybrid city car market, thanks to instantaneous reactivity when starting and accelerating.
SCe 65 and 75: economical to buy and use
The normally aspirated 1.0 SCe (with three cylinders) is the perfect choice for drivers seeking an economical car for use in the city. With a 5-speed gearbox and power of 65 hp and 75 hp (and torque of 95 Nm), it offers seamless operation in urban driving.
TCe 100: peerless versatility
Making its debut in the Renault range, the turbocharged 1.0 TCe (with three cylinders) is the most recent engine developed through Alliance synergies. It comprises all the latest technologies, including a turbocharger with an electrically controlled recirculating valve, an exhaust manifold partially integrated into the cylinder head, twin variable valve timing for intake, and bore spray coating. With 100 hp and 160 Nm of torque, the new-generation engine gains 10 hp and 20 Nm on the TCe 90 unit that it replaces, and at the same time boasts reduced fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. These last, calculated at as low as 100 g/km, rank New Clio TCe 100 at the top of its category for petrol-powered cars. The engine also affords consummate at-the-wheel pleasure through extra torque, available from low engine speeds for more sprightly pick-up.
The TCe 100 will initially be available in New Renault Clio with a 5-speed manual gearbox. It will subsequently be mated to the latest-generation X-TRONIC automatic gearbox. Adapted to European use, it provides seamless operation in urban driving. It also features the D-STEP function that reproduces the behavior of a multi-gear transmission for varied routes and more emphatic acceleration. The TCe 100 engine will also be available in a dual-fuel LPG version for maximum economy in use and reduced pollutant emissions.
TCe 130 GPF: maximum driving pleasure
The 1.3 TCe GPF engine is making its debut on the All-new Renault Clio after proving itself on Captur, Mégane, Scénic and Kadjar. Available with 130 hp and 240 Nm, it is mated to the 7-speed EDC automatic gearbox and replaces the TCe 120 as the top-of-the-range engine on New Clio. The new-generation unit showcases all the on-road qualities of New Clio, for a more invigorating drive in all situations. The dual-clutch EDC transmission makes driving more seamless and pleasant while also reducing fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. And for still more pleasure, New Clio TCe 130 GPF EDC will be equipped with steering wheel mounted controls.
Blue dCi 85 and 115: a latest-generation diesel for greater frugality
New Renault Clio is also available with a diesel engine in the shape of the 1.5 Blue dCi, adapted for intensive use and company fleets. This powerplant has been upgraded to comply with new pollution control standards with the introduction of a selective catalytic reduction (SCR) system considered as the most effective nitrogen oxide (NOx) post-treatment solution. Two versions are available: 85 hp / 220 Nm for economical driving and 115 hp / 260 Nm for more athletic performance. With a manual 6-speed gearbox that reduces engine speed beyond 110 km/h, and thanks to its class-leading aerodynamics, New Clio Blue dCi is particularly efficient out on the open road and highways.
CMF-B: a new modular platform for the All-new Clio
The All-new Renault Clio is the first model to be built on the new CMF-B modular platform making its debut at the Alliance. Developed starting in 2014 at the Technocentre in Guyancourt, it comprises 85% new parts compared with the platform of previous-generation Clio.
The new CMF-B platform brings the All-new Clio a host of advantages. It has a lighter architecture than the previous platform, having shed some 50 kg, notably in the body, axles and hood. It also boasts underbody fairing that improves aerodynamics by 20 thousandths of Cd. These two upgrades reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. New Renault Clio also features improved acoustic comfort, particularly thanks to the engine compartment soundproofing. Sound levels are some 1.5 to 2 dB lower between 0 and 130 km/h.
For the very best safety levels, the All-new Clio's CMF-B platform has been entirely redesigned in terms of the body structure, side members and front body panel, notably through the use of high elastic limit steel and structural adhesive to improve fit between steel plates. These improvements bring occupants top-level safety. Safety is also reinforced by the innovative equipment on the All-new Clio made possible by the new architecture of the CMF-B platform, including an adaptive driver airbag, high-volume curtain airbags, safety belt pretensioners with load limiters, and Isofix attachments compliant with the new iSize standard.
With the new electric and electronic architecture of the CMF-B platform, The All-new Clio is available with the most extensive range of equipment and advanced driver assistance systems in the segment, from a front camera and radar, available on all versions, to the Highway & Traffic Jam Companion (Level 2 autonomy). The new platform was also designed with a view to the electrification of vehicles and thus the launch of the All-new Clio with the E-TECH hybrid drive train.
The arrival of the new platform in the Renault range is an integral part of the major objectives in the "Drive the Future" and "Alliance 2022" strategic plans. By 2022, 70% of Alliance vehicles and 80% of Groupe Renault vehicles will be produced on shared CMF platforms (CMF being short for Common Module Family).
Renault EASY DRIVE: the most complete driver assistance systems in the market
The All-new Clio boasts the most comprehensive range of driver assistance systems in its segment, the aim being to simplify driving, boost safety and bring motorists greater peace of mind. The systems are divided into three families: Driving, Parking (grouped under the Renault EASY DRIVE label) and Safety.
Thanks, in particular to its wide range of driving aids, the All-New Renault Clio has been awarded 5 stars in the Euro NCAP safety test. It becomes the 22nd Groupe Renault vehicle to receive this maximum score. Based on the Alliance's brand-new modular CMF-B platform, the All-New Clio benefits from an optimized body structure, revised seat structures and seat belt fasteners designed to provide optimal support for all occupants, of all sizes, in all seats. As a versatile city car, the New Clio offers the best in safety throughout its range, reaffirming Renault's expertise in this field, both for its occupants and for other road users.
The new features on The All-new Clio include a 360° camera and active emergency braking with the detection of cyclists and pedestrians, which are both firsts in the Renault range. The highlight is the Highway & Traffic Jam Companion, unique to the versatile city car segment. This advanced driver assistance system constitutes a first step towards autonomous vehicles.
As part of its objective to make autonomous technologies broadly affordable, Groupe Renault will market 15 vehicles equipped with such technologies by the end of its "Drive the Future" strategic plan. New Clio is the first vehicle to do so.
HIGHWAY & TRAFFIC JAM COMPANION
The Highway & Traffic Jam Companion combines adaptive cruise control (with Stop & Go) and lane centering assistance. Active from 0 to 160 km/h, the system functions on vehicles equipped with an EDC automatic gearbox. It controls the speed of the vehicle and maintains safety distances with vehicles ahead while keeping the vehicle centered in its lane. Particularly useful in dense traffic, the driver assistance system stops and starts The All-new Clio automatically within three seconds failing input from the driver.
The system operates via a front-end camera and radar on roads where lane markings (continuous or dotted) are correctly visible and with vehicles in view. On roads with no lane markings, the system activates the adaptive cruise control only. When no vehicles are in view ahead, the lane centering system remains operational (from speeds of 60 km/h) as does the cruise control.
The Highway & Traffic Jam Companion is a Level 2 autonomy system that significantly improves driving comfort. Drivers nevertheless need to keep their hands on the wheel and their eyes on the road. The system emits an alert if it detects that the driver's hands are not on the wheel after 13 seconds. After two further alerts, it deactivates automatically after 48 seconds.
The Highway & Traffic Jam Companion will be available on the All-new Renault Clio TCe 130 GPF EDC starting in late 2019.
ADAPTIVE CRUISE CONTROL (with Stop & Go)
The adaptive cruise control (ACC) system is being launched on the Clio range on EDC automatic versions. Available from 0 to 170 km/h, the function automatically maintains a minimum safety distance relative to the vehicle ahead. This distance - or more precisely, the time distance - can be adjusted by the driver (from 2.4 second to 1.2 seconds, and by default 2 seconds). If there is no vehicle ahead, the system works like a regular cruise control, maintaining the selected speed, including in descents.
The ACC is available on the All-new Clio TCe 130 GPF EDC with a Stop & Go function. In traffic jams, where the driver has to bring the car to a complete halt, the system can stop the vehicle in complete safety and start it up again after three seconds when the traffic starts to move. Beyond three seconds, the system requires driver input to start up again. After 30 seconds of inactivity, the system automatically deactivates.
CRUISE CONTROL WITH SPEED LIMITER
The cruise control/speed limiter system is available across the entire New Clio range.
AUTOMATIC HIGH LOW BEAM
Using the front-end camera, the low/high beam selector automatically switches from high to low beams according to external light levels and traffic, facilitating driving at night, including in extremely low light situations.
ACTIVE EMERGENCY BRAKE
New to the Renault range, active emergency braking with cyclist and pedestrian detection maximizes safety by alerting drivers of dangerous situations and may activate the brakes in the absence of driver input. It is fitted on the All-new Clio as standard and works day and night.
BLIND SPOT WARNING
Available on numerous vehicles in the Renault range, the blind spot warning system has been further upgraded for its debut on the All-new Renault Clio. Using radars rather than simple sensors, it better interprets the distance and speed of vehicles located in the driver's blind spot.
TRAFFIC SIGN RECOGNITION WITH SPEED ALERT
Equipped on the entire The All-new Clio range, this system uses the front-end camera to automatically alert drivers of speed limits and recommend them to adjust their speed. On models equipped with navigation systems, The All-new Clio combines road sign information and GPS data for even greater precision.
LANE DEPARTURE WARNING SYSTEM AND LANE KEEPING ASSIST
This system operates on road journeys from speeds of 60 km/h. It warns drivers and corrects the trajectory of the vehicle if it is about to cross a line without the prior activation of the indicator. This technology, generally found on higher-end vehicles, is available as standard on New Clio. It reduces risks in particular on long highway trips, where lane switches are one of the main causes of accidents.
The All-new Clio is the first Renault model to be equipped with the 360° camera already well known at the Alliance. The four constituent cameras provide a view from above the vehicle, displaying in a single image the obstacles located around the vehicle. The system is ideal for parking maneuvers or for driving in narrow spaces without risking vehicle damage. Extremely easy to use, the 360° camera activates automatically when shifting into reverse and is accessible directly via the "piano key" controls below the multimedia screen. The system displays two images on the screen: the front or rear view according to the gear selected, and, in addition, a choice between the 360° view or a close-up from the passenger-side camera.
FRONT, REAR AND SIDE PARK ASSIST
Twelve ultrasound sensors assist the driver during parking maneuvers by indicating the presence of obstacles or objects.
REAR VIEW CAMERA
Already fitted on the previous generation, the reversing camera remains available on the All-new Renault Clio, simplifying maneuvers and parking-space exits in rear gear.
EASY PARK ASSIST
Providing assistance for parallel, perpendicular and oblique parking, Easy Park Assist has been upgraded to make all maneuvers easier, both for entering and exiting parking spaces. When parking, all the sensors manage the steering, while the driver simply works the pedals and the gearbox.
Renault EASY CONNECT: an enhanced offering and a new connected multimedia system
Groupe Renault is pursuing its strategy on equipping all of its vehicles with connectivity and the corresponding services. The all-new Clio is thus fitted with an enhanced version of Renault EASY CONNECT. It is equipped with the all-new Renault EASY LINK multimedia system supplemented by the MY Renault app. Grouping a number of connected services, platforms and apps, the system simplifies new connected mobility usages both inside and outside the vehicle, with remote vehicle management, more precise and more easily configurable routes, and the in-car integration of the connected worlds of the driver and passengers.
Through this new ecosystem, Renault EASY CONNECT adapts to each user and will be gradually enhanced with new services on all the multimedia equipment on which it is rolled out.
Renault EASY LINK: an all-new multimedia platform
The Renault EASY LINK multimedia platform is available in three versions on the All-new Clio, all of them compatible with Android AutoTM and Apple CarPlay:
The platform features an all-new interface that is more user-friendly and functional, inspired by smartphone design and usage. Users can customize some screens using widgets to directly access their favorite functions.
Renault EASY LINK is based on four main features:
A new in-car experience with MULTI-SENSE and a premium BOSE audio system
New Clio pulls off a tough challenge. It is 12 millimeters shorter than the previous generation but is more spacious inside, setting new records on available volume in its category with a 391-liter trunk and 26 liters of storage spaces.
For the best possible in-car experience, the All-new Renault Clio stands apart through its "Smart Cockpit" bringing motorists a more immersive drive and peerless comfort and well-being. Clio is available for the first time with MULTI-SENSE settings, already featuring on vehicles in higher segments, including Mégane, Talisman and Espace. The All-new Clio is also equipped with the BOSE premium audio system, introduced on the previous generation but now entirely renewed, for an even richer sound experience.
MULTI-SENSE: a customized Clio experience
Clio is now available with Renault MULTI-SENSE technology for a customized driving experience. Acting on the engine mapping, steering, light ambiance and the configuration of the digital screen that replaces the dials, drivers can use MULTI-SENSE to customize their car according to their mood, benefiting from several vehicles in one.
Three modes are available:
Drivers can customize the light ambiance with eight colors (White, Blue, Electric Blue, Yellow, Orange, Red, Green and Purple), each one illustrating the mode of their choice.
The MULTI-SENSE system is easy to use via the interface of the new Renault EASY LINK multimedia system or a special "piano key" button below the central screen. One touch suffices to open the MULTI-SENSE window and change the settings.
Depending on the mode selected, the digital 7-inch and 10-inch screens on New Renault Clio's dashboard propose a widget that can be customized by the driver, for example to display fuel consumption in Regular mode or power and torque potentiometers in Sport mode.
BOSE: premium sound and all-new technology
As a Renault partner for more than 10 years, Bose has taken its premium sound to the next level with its audio system for the All-new Clio. The Bose system has been fully redesigned with upgraded speakers and components, along with new tuning, to deliver a clearer, more impactful listening experience in every seat - without taking up any valuable trunk space.
The Bose system includes two additional tweeters in the rear door panels that weren't available in the previousgeneration Clio, as well as a compact and totally new externally-ducted subwoofer - the Fresh Air SpeakerTM (FAS) - used as a world premiere in a Renault vehicle. FAS enables deep and powerful low-frequency sound reproduction without requiring a larger, more conventional subwoofer enclosure. FAS is integrated into the rear left lateral trim and does not impact any trunk volume, allowing the All-new Clio to offer 391 liters of space - the largest in its category.
In addition, occupants of the All-new Renault Clio can now choose their preferred sound setting to match their music preferences by selecting either a forward-focused and neutral, studio-like sound, or a more immersive and lush, surround-like sound. Users can select their preferred listening mode on the audio settings screen. And to preserve the listening experience, the Bose system is equipped with "Dynamic Speed Compensation", which automatically adjusts the volume and tone of music based on vehicle speed, reducing the need for drivers to make adjustments on the road.
At the wheel: comfort and enjoyment at the top of the agenda
The Clio has been synonymous with versatility since the very first generation of cars, proving just as easy to drive in urban as in rural conditions, and the New Clio doesn't disappoint on that front. The New Clio offers drivers even greater comfort and agility with the addition of the new modular CMF-B platform developed by the Alliance and a new specially-designed chassis. The goal was to make the New Clio as comfortable as possible for both drivers and passengers while maintaining dynamism and stability.
Developments for more enjoyable driving
No detail was overlooked to optimise the driving experience behind the wheel of the New Renault Clio. Starting with the steering, a gear ratio down from 15.2 to 14.4 makes steering easier to control and more responsive. It also provides more reliable feedback to the driver. Combined with increased axial stiffness at the front, the vehicle's lane position is more accurate. In addition, a reduction in the turning radius from 10.8 to 10.5 metres improves maneuverability in the city.
The overall chassis balance and rear axle guidance have been improved on the previous generation for greater stability when taking bends at high speed and a reduction in mass transfer. All of this means that the New Clio is both reactive and reliable. At the same time, optimised suspension travel means less bouncing around for passengers. Brake pedal travel has been reduced for improved vehicle response.
Optimised efficiency and comfort with the CMF-B modular platform
The new modular CMF-B platform also helps to improve efficiency in the New Clio. The streamlined underside coupled with sculpted lines create a highly aerodynamic profile that lowers the air penetration coefficient (SCx) to 0.640, the best figure in the category. Optimised front bearings and updated bearing technology at the rear and on the tyres have also made it possible to reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.
Acoustics were also specifically targeted to reduce unpleasant noise. The entire vehicle structure has been redesigned using new materials for greater insulation and soundproofing and certain parts have been reinforced. The powertrains were specially designed for improved driving to smooth out bumpy road conditions and for less noise in the passenger compartment. The windscreen has been specially treated to reduce air and engine noise. All versions of the vehicle come with sound-insulating film on the windscreen. The New Clio's doors and windows are fitted with a double sealing system to further reduce aerodynamic noise. All these measures mean that noise levels in the passenger compartment of the New Clio have been reduced by 2dB between 0 and 130kph.
Quality is at the heart of the New Renault Clio
The New Clio is the result of new quality processes in Groupe Renault for optimised design. The aim is for the company to be number one in the large-scale assembly and manufacturing market. Engineers and experts also focused on the smallest details to provide Renault customers with a top-quality product.
In addition to offering more advanced calculation options, a new digital process was also used during the design phase to digitise all variants of the New Clio, not just one, as was previously the case. This exhaustive design work made it easier to make final decisions on design, ergonomics and quality, for example, the best fits and clearances in the automotive sector. This provided detailed trade-offs to facilitate final decision-making.
From the very first wave, development prototypes of the New Clio were fitted with more than 93% final parts, an increase of 10 points compared to previous vehicles. This in turn led to more efficient development and validation of the parts and tools used to manufacture mass-produced versions.
New technologies were also introduced to improve the overall quality of the vehicle. For example, welds on the chassis are invisible to the naked eye, lasers were used for roof welds and geometric adjustments were made to the front side of the vehicle based on more accurate measurements, in order to reduce changes during manufacturing. A stricter inspection process was used for part manufacture. Several Poka Yoke1 steps were introduced to ensure reliability and checks and to guarantee that each step of the manufacturing process was a success.
The quality assurance process has also been improved. The number of validations and validation tools has increased by more than 300% compared to the previous generation. Nearly 1.5 million kilometres have been covered in tests to guarantee safe driving. Similarly, the total number of camera/radar test runs covered 500,000 kilometres. To test all of the New Renault Clio's electronic components more quickly and exhaustively, the number of validation tests on the electronic components in the car has been doubled from three to six.
Improved results were expected from the EDAU test, meaning that the New Clio has the best results on the market. The EDAU is a durability test to analyse the vehicle's performance and parts after a simulation of three years of use.