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Renault Clio goes under the knife


A smash-hit success with over 20 000 units sold since its local introduction three years ago, Renault South Africa has titivated its Clio range with updated looks and levels of standard kit.

Now known as the Phase II model, aesthetic changes consist of a reshaped front bumper and grille, and redesigned rear skirt. The flagship Dynamique also receives new headlights with daytime-running LED's and a dual auto dip function as standard, while the base Authentique and mid-range Expression make do with halogen lights and LEDs mounted on the bumper.

Inside, the interior enhancements include upgraded materials, redesigned leather-clad steering wheel for the Expression and Dynamique, new gear lever and door panels, updated seat fabrics with new design patterns for the Expression and Dynamique, centre armrest and reshaped central air vent.

In keeping with the Clio's mainly youth based target market, the Authenqiue gains a new app-based smartphone powered interface known as R&Go. In short, the system connects through the car's Bluetooth and allows for music streaming, phone calls, vehicle monitoring and navigation via pre-loaded apps for Google Maps, Apple Plan and Waze.

A seven-inch MediaNav touch screen display with satellite navigation continues to be standard on the Expression and Dynamique, although this can be fitted as an option to the Authentique instead of the R&Go.

Also left unchanged is the Clio's range of engines with the Authentique, Expression and Dynamique making use of Renault's 898 cc TCe three-cylinder turbo developing 66 kW and 135 N.m of torque. A five-speed manual is the only transmission offered, with fuel consumption being rated at 5.5 L/100 km and emissions at 126 g/km.

Mated solely with a six-speed EDC dual-clutch box, the Expression can optionally be have with a bigger 1.2-litre TCe turbo making 88 kW and 190 N.m. Fuel consumption is a claimed 5.2 L/100 km and emissions at 120 g/km.

A five year / 100 000 km warranty and three year / 45 000 km service plan is standard on all models.



Clio 0.9 TCe Authentique 66 kW / 135 N.m R206 900
Clio 0.9 TCe Expression 66 kW / 135 N.m R226 900
Clio 0.9 TCe Dynamique 66 kW / 135 N.m R244 900
Clio 1.2 TCe Expression EDC 88 kW / 190 N.m R264 900

Article written by Autodealer
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