While still decked-out in heavy layers of disguise despite retaining the current six-year old model’s silhouette, the fifth generation version of Renault’s supermini, which will switch to the same CMF platform as the Nissan Micra, will reportedly be one of the most advanced in its segment with reports claiming that will feature Level 2 autonomous driving.
Aesthetically, the Clio will take styling hints from the current Megane and Symbioz concept shown in Frankfurt in 2017, and feature a completely new interior with the same portrait style infotainment display as the former. Expect standard equipment and safety tech to be sharpened up as well.
Moving to the same platform as the Micra will also likely result in a weight cut relative to the current model, with the biggest change being the line-up of engines. While the 898 cc three-cylinder turbocharged petrol will remain, a new addition could be the boosted 1.3-litre mill co-developed with Mercedes-Benz.
Set to replace the smaller 1.2-litre unit, the 1.3 can be had in three states of tune; 85 kW / 220 Nm, 103 kW / 240 Nm and 120 kW / 270 Nm mated to either a six-speed manual or seven-speed EDC gearbox. A hybrid model, using the aforementioned engine backed-up by a 48-volt electric motor, is also being mulled, which could result in the Clio being offered without a diesel engine for the first time. There has been no talk of the next-generation RS as of yet.
Initial reports have meanwhile claimed that the Clio could make its world premiere at the Paris Motor Show in September, meaning more images and details will be revealed over the coming months.
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