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Full-blown GT-Line highlights revised Renault Clio range

20.04.2017

A stand-out local success with over 20 000 units sold since its debut four years ago, Renault South Africa has given its fledging Clio range a mid-life facelift, with the biggest headline being the addition of the sporty GT-Line.

While still retaining much of the 2010 DeZir concept's design elements, the revised Clio benefits from a new grille, C-shaped headlights, redesigned side skirts, different lower front air dam and new Pure Vision LED headlights on top spec models.

Inside, the changes are more subtle with upgraded materials and Renault's R&Go app-based media and navigation system on the entry-level Authentique, which uses Bluetooth smartphone pairing to effectively provide an extended dashboard, thanks to a specially designed cradle, as opposed to the standard radio unit. A seven-inch MediaNav touchscreen infotainment system continues to be standard though on the mid-range Expression, top spec Dynamique and the GT-Line.

Up front, the Clio continues as is with the blown 0.9 three-pot still producing 66 kW and 135 Nm, and the 1.2-litre turbo 88 kW and 190 Nm. A five-speed manual gearbox is again the sole offering on the 0.9, with the 1.2 retaining its six-speed EDC.

GT-Line

Although introduced in early 2015 as essentially a more powerful version of the Dynamique, the new GT-Line drops its 70 kW three-cylinder mill for the same 88 kW 1.2-litre engine as the Expression, but with 205 Nm and a six-speed manual gearbox as opposed to the EDC.

Claimed to reach 100 km/h from zero in nine seconds and on to a top speed of 199 km/h, the GT-Line also boast exterior upgrades in the form of 17-inch titanium grey alloy wheels, matching door mirrors, foglight surrounds and body inserts, restyled front bumper, chrome exhaust tip and satin silver diffuser.

RS-inspired touches continue inside with GT-embossed headrests and sport front seats, leather trimmed steering wheel with GT-Line badging, Zamac gear knob and leather finished gear lever and handbrake with blue stitching.

A five year / 150 000 km warranty and three year / 45 000 km service plan are standard on all models.

 

PRICING

MODEL PRICE
Clio 0.9 TCe Authentique R206 900
Clio 0.9 TCe Expression R226 900
Clio 0.9 TCe Dynamique R244 900
Clio 1.2 TCe Expression EDC R264 900
Clio GT-Line R264 900

Article written by Autodealer
20.04.2017
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