Renault give the Clio a very mild facelift for 2017

The Renault Clio has been a successful model, selling at least 13 million units in the past 26 years, and now, Renault has announced a face-lift for the fourth-generation Clio. Before you start holding your breath and expecting to see a radically new Clio, don’t let me get your hopes up – this is a very mild refresh. On the outside, the car changes very little with the same grille, side profile, and most of the rear end carrying over from the current design. Inside, you’ll find a lot of familiarities as well, but there are some touches done to trim elements at the like. There are a total of 11 engines available, with a new 110 horsepower diesel with a six-speed manual being new to the range to go with the option of a six-speed manual for the 120 horsepower gasoline engine.

With that said, I think Renault boasted the word “new” with this facelift a little too much based on what I’ve seen here, but I won’t rag on them too bad for trying to pull one over on us. To go along with the facelift, Renault is also releasing the Initiale Paris special edition at the same time. This special edition includes an exclusive Givre Grey metallic finish, Nappa leather padded steering wheel and gear shifter, special door panel and dashboard trim, and leather seats in black or black-and-white. It comes standard with features like a Bose audio system, LED Pure Vision headlights, and an R-LINK Evolution infotainment system. Engine options include a 90-horsepower or 120-horsepower gasoline engine or a set of diesels that are available with 90 or 110 horsepower. All told, it’s probably the best version of the Clio money can buy, but we’re not here to talk about it, so let’s take a look at Renault’s “new” facelifted Clio.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2017 Renault Clio.

Exterior

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As I said before, there isn’t a whole lot that is new on the outside. The wide radiator grille with the Renault emblem carries over from the last-gen model, and the headlights are even the same shape, albeit with a new lens layout. Down below, there is still a large air dam, but it is now extended on the bottom to cover the full width of the lower fascia. New fog lamps are in place with reshaped air inlets.

Either way, the exterior certainly isn’t “new,” but maybe the small changes to the front fascia and exterior lights will be enough to keep customers happy.

Moving over to the sides, the entire side profile has gone on virtually unchanged. The car still has that odd bubbly look below the waistline, and that curved piece of body cladding still rests at the bottom of the doors. Around back, Renault continued with the laziness and left everything virtually unchanged. The hatch still has the same overhang and character lines, and changes to the taillight units are limited to a new lens layout with wider and more pronounced reverse lights. There is still a chrome strip on the bottom edge of the hatch, and that trim insert in the rear fascia that mirrors the overall shape of the air dam up front.

The biggest news for the body is the addition of Intense Red, Titanium Grey, Pearlescent White, and Iron Blue finishes to the list of exterior color options, and a “more extensive personalization program.” Based on the outside, it will be hard for the untrained eye to differentiate the facelifted model from the current model, but perhaps Renault felt it shouldn’t mess with success too much and left most major things unchanged. Either way, the exterior certainly isn’t “new,” but maybe the small changes to the front fascia and exterior lights will be enough to keep customers happy.

Interior

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On the inside, Renault also kept the changes to a dull roar. The steering wheel has been replaced with a unit that now has a shorter bottom spoke, which gives the wheel a more of an oval shape. The dash and door trim are now single-tone units with slightly revised armrests and identical speaker covers. The center console remains largely unchanged, but the shifter bezel is now smaller than before and a gloss black insert surrounding it. The same HVAC vents are still in place, however, the corner dash units now feature a red outlining ring.

The biggest change comes in the form of the seats

The biggest change comes in the form of the seats. They now feature a new design with leather bolsters and red outlining leather along the outside edges. They also appear to be perforated in the middle. The center stack remains the exact same, but there is the option for one of three infotainment systems, including the Media Nav Evolution, Renault R-Link Evolution, and an all-new smart R&Go system. Each infotainment system is available across the entire range, and Renault claims the Clio is the first to offer Bose quality sound for the B-segment. A front parking sensor and reverse camera are also up for options, as is Easy Park Assist on certain trim levels.

Drivetrain

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Renault claims that the new Clio is available with one of 11 different engines, which means a number of engines is growing from last year. That said, Renault announce a new “powerful” and fuel efficient 1.5-liter, dCi, Diesel that delivers 110 horsepower and mates to a six-speed manual transmission. Furthermore, the TCe 120 gasoline engine is now available with a six-speed manual – a new feature for this year. Outside of these few things, Renault said little about the drivetrain, but expect the engines available to range between 90 horsepower and upward of 220 ponies in the range-topping Sport Nav Trophy. If more information for this department becomes available, we’ll update you accordingly.

Prices

The order books for the facelifted Clio open this summer, with first deliveries scheduled for September. Renault has yet to release pricing information, but I wouldn’t expect pricing to change much. At the time of this writing, the current Clio is priced anywhere between £11,145 for the entry-level Clio Expression and £21,780 for the range-topping Sport Nav Trophy model. At current exchange rates, that translates to between $15,751 and $30,782, respectively.

Competition

Chevrolet Sonic

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For 2017 Chevy revamped the Sonic. It features an all-new shell with styling cues seen previously on the Cruze, and Bolt EV. The exterior is more stylish than ever. So far, we haven’t gotten a look at the interior of the new Sonic, but Chevy has admitted that it has a new gauge cluster and a new steering wheel. Chances are the limitation of change to the interior is similar to that of the new Clio, but there is some new technology like a powered driver’s seat, keyless entry, and keyless start – the latter of which is said to be a first in the B-segment. Chevy has yet to announce pricing for its revamped Sonic, but it is expected to start out around $16,000 before options, taxes, and delivery.

Read our full review on the Chevrolet Sonic here.

Ford Fiesta

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The Ford Fiesta is slated for a generational evolution for the 2017 model year. Unlike the situation with the Chevy Sonic and the Renault Clio, we have yet to see any official images, but we have seen a round of spy shots recently that has shed a little light on the upcoming Fiesta. Exterior updates are expected to be mild, but based on Ford’s desire to cover up the fascias, those should be all new to go with new exterior lighting units. Inside, we’re expecting to see a larger display screen supported by SYNC3, and a little more space thanks to the Fiesta’s small growth spurt. At this time pricing is unknown, but we expect the new Fiesta to start out around $16,000 and climb to as much as $30,000 if Ford develops and RS model.

Read our full review on the Ford Fiesta here.

Conclusion

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I guess I’m at a bit of a loss here, as Renault boasted the fact the Clio is “new” but after looking at it in detail, it is a very mild facelift. . Be that as it may, the Clio has been pretty successful in its long history, so maybe Renault didn’t want to stray away from the current look too much. Even if that is the case, I expect to see a new-gen model will start to surface in the next few years so we’re already halfway through this generation’s life cycle. The new Clio will go on sale this summer, so until then, take a look at our photo gallery, and check back with us for future updates.

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Press Release

Twenty-six years after the launch of the original Clio, a model that has sold 13 million units worldwide, Renault has today renewed its best-seller with the introduction of the new CLIO.

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The new CLIO packs even more seductive appeal thanks to its lighting signature and full-LED Pure Vision head lights, as well as the incorporation of new styling details and finishes.

The new CLIO delivers one of the market’s most extensive powertrain line-ups.

Styling: the new CLIO keeps all of its promises
The fourth-generation Clio was the first Renault model to feature the brand’s new styling identity in 2012. Thanks to a full-LED lighting signature, including C-shaped daytime running lights in the case of certain versions, the new CLIO continues to refresh Renault’s design identity. At the front, the grille which houses the Renault diamond has been redesigned, as has the lower part of the grille which is wider to add an even more modern feel to the front end. At the rear, the skirt has been redesigned for additional robustness.
Four new body colours have been added (Intense Red, Titanium Grey, Pearlescent White and Iron Blue), with a selection of new wheel and wheel trim designs, plus a more extensive personalisation programme.

The new CLIO benefits from the use of finishing materials previously reserved for Renault’s higher-end models. All the upholsteries are new and special attention has been paid to the tactile and visual quality of the plastics’ grain-effect finish. The chrome trim features a more subdued, matt finish and the colours are more refined. In short, the new Clio forms a higher end package which strikes a desirable balance between seductive exterior styling and a high-quality interior finish.

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Driving pleasure, connectivity and agility to address all types of use
The powerful, fuel-efficient 1.5 dCi 110 diesel engine mated to a six-speed manual gearbox is a new addition to the new CLIO’s powertrain catalogue, as is the availability of six-speed manual transmission for the TCe 120 petrol engine. As a result, the new CLIO boasts one of the market’s most extensive powertrain ranges thanks to a choice of 11 engine/transmission combinations.
To provide customers with a range of options, the new CLIO comes with three different connected multimedia systems, namely Media Nav Evolution, Renault R-Link Evolution and the new, smart R&Go system which is available for all equipment levels. The new CLIO is the first B-segment Renault to be available with Bose quality sound for a memorable audio experience, while a suite of driving aids makes the new car even more versatile and nimble.
In addition to its rear parking sensor, and depending on the version, the new Clio offers a front parking sensor and a reversing camera. Available for higher-end versions, Easy Park Assist allows the driver to delegate the completion of parking manoeuvres.

An Initiale Paris version available from launch
The INITIALE PARIS signature offers the ultimate in Renault travelling comfort and amenities, with an exclusive choice of colours and materials. Features include an exclusive body colour Givré Grey (metallic finish), a steering wheel trimmed in full-grain Nappa padded leather, a full-grain Nappa leather-trimmed gear lever, specific door panel and dashboard trimming and enveloping leather seats in either black or black-and-white. The INITIALE PARIS version of the new CLIO also stands apart from the rest of the range thanks to the following standard equipment: BOSE® premium audio, LED Pure Vision head lights and C-shaped LED daytime running lights, the R-LINK Evolution multimedia system complete with connected services, reversing camera and Easy Park Assist.
There is a choice of two different petrol engines (90hp or 120hp) and two diesel units (90hp or 110hp) for the new CLIO INITIALE PARIS, with either manual or EDC dual-clutch automatic transmission.

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Order books open this summer and the model will begin to be seen on the streets in September.

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