The next-generation of the Renault Clio will be unveiled in June, followed by its world launch at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September. Will the Clio be as avant-garde at its Mégane sibling?

The next-generation of the Renault Clio will be unveiled in June, followed by its world launch at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September. Will the Clio be as avant-garde at its Mégane sibling?


The Régie’s new light car will share its platform with the Nissan Micra as well as the Modus mini-MPV, which will be launched in South Africa in the near future. Although it will be designed under the supervision of Renault’s head designer Patrick Le Quement, the new Clio’s styling will be very evolutionary and not inspired by that of the bustle-bummed Mégane II.


The next Clio will be three centimetres longer than the Modus, but will have less interior space and therefore be marketed as more of a sporty runabout than a compact family vehicle. Renaultsport versions will follow six to eight months after the European launch, although according to a British source, there will not be another Clio V6 after the current version is discontinued at the end of the year.


Instead, the Renaultsport division is working on a stand-alone high-performance model and engineers are reportedly developing roadster, convertible and coupé body styles of the next Clio.


The introduction of the new Clio is not on the cards for the South African market in 2005, but will probably happen early in 2006. In Europe, after the launch of the all-new Clio, 1,2-litre three-door versions of the current model will remain on sale for a while.

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