In a few years, it will be time for the current Renault Clio to hand over to a revised and corrected model. What can we expect?
New Renault Clio 2023 – The indebted n ° 1 in sales, which for years outstripped its Sochaux rivals (206, 207, etc.) is seen now preceded by a second generation Peugeot 208 in great shape. Holder of the title both in France and in Europe, the latter gives a hard time to a Clio 5 which nevertheless hoped to be able to impose itself, with its revolutionary hybrid powertrain. To return to the forefront, the little Renault is preparing its transformation, through a facelift that will allow it to distinguish itself more from the previous opus of Clio, on the aesthetic level.
A design that is sometimes criticized
If the Clio 5 impressed by the upgrading of its interior, during his revelation in 2019, he was repeatedly criticized for the lack of inspiration from her exterior style, deemed too close to the one she replaced. She, who previously systematically started from scratch to develop her design, has obviously sin out of pride by aligning its strategy on that of the Golf, for the sake of playing on stylistic continuity, smoothly. But the popular clientele does not seem to have been sensitive to this relative lukewarmness of Laurens van den Acker’s teams. Concretely, it is often difficult to distinguish a Clio 5 from a Clio 4 at first glance.
Big investments to plan
At the end of 2023, four years after its launch, the Renault Clio will be offered an important facelift affecting both its bow and its stern. At the front, the urban should reduce the size of its grille to its simplest expression, in order to stick to the style canons of future Renault (electric Mégane and Kadjar). He will also have to see his gaze again, through thinner optics, overcoming a revamped shield that will modernize its air intakes with a pattern inspired by recent house concepts. In profile, the Clio 5 will sport new wheels at the design dictated by aerodynamic research. The rear should also evolve in depth in order to connect the lights with a light strip, as on the rest of the range. A redesign which will require the development ofa new hatchback, stamped with the new Renault Losange.
Light hybridization extra
The changes expected on board will be less spectacular, insofar as Renault had already worked hard to modernize its cockpit and make progress in terms of finish. Only the central touch screen will update its infotainment system to optimize its responsiveness and integrate new technologies. To improve connectivity, the restyled Renault Clio could include 5G to update software remotely. She will also take the opportunity to review her safe luggage. by raising their level of autonomous driving. Under the hood, it is said that its gasoline engines will gradually convert to mild hybridization (12 or 48 V) to supplement its classic offer of 140 hp. On the other hand, it will not consider it appropriate to inherit the rechargeable system from its big brother Captur, for reasons of economy.
New Renault Clio price
If the restyling of the Renault Clio is expected for the end of 2023, its commercial start may not take place until early 2024. An improvement in its services which will be accompanied bya slight increase in its prices. At the entry level, the Clio will surely cross the € 16,000 mark, while it currently starts at € 15,900. It remains to be seen when this current generation of Clio will end its career, because it is rumored that the Diamond would think purely and simply of not replacing it. In any case, it is a seriously studied track, internally, as the automotive industry begins its electric revolution. The current Clio could perfectly well play overtime, well beyond 2026-2027, until it disappears from its beautiful death, within the next decade. The future of versatile city cars, at Renault, would then pass exclusively through the Zoe.
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