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2019 Renault Clio

2019 Renault Clio

The 2019 Renault Clio is completely re-engineered and it comes with hybrid propulsion

The much anticipated new 2019 Renault Clio city car finally showed its face. In an effort to move towards the premium spectrum of the city car segment (you know, where the A1 and the Mini reside), the new Renault Clio gained many of the design traits from the latest line of Renault vehicles such as the Talisman sedan and the Megane hatch. It showed its face before the imminent reveal at the Geneva Motor Show in March this year and it is a fundamentally better car than before. Yet, with the new platform, new engines, new interior, and new dimensions come new thinking as well. The new Clio is actually shorter compared to the predecessor. Lower too. But roomier inside. Somehow, Renault engineers achieved the Tardis effect with the new Cio and I will tell you how. First things first. Why the hell does it look so similar to its predecessor?

Updated 03/14/2019: We’ve updated this review with fresh images of the Renault Clio that we took during the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. Check them out in the gallery below!

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2019 Renault Clio SUV

2019 Renault Clio SUV

Renault is preparing to launch a small crossover based on the next Clio city car, aiming to woo buyers away from the Ford Fiesta Active, Hyundai i20 Active and other similar small high-riders. What’s a bit strange is that the French automaker already has just such a vehicle in its range, called the Captur, but apparently, this one is going to be placed under it in the model lineup.

We also don’t yet know what Renault wants to call this new model, whether it will use the Clio SUV or a completely new name. One thing’s certain - it won’t be merely a Clio with extra ground clearance and body cladding; its body is taller and looks different compared to the fifth-gen Clio we’ve seen in another batch of spy photos.

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2018 Renault Clio R.S.18

2018 Renault Clio R.S.18

It’s mostly of the cosmetic variety, but it’s still good enough to get our attention

Renault’s involvement in Formula One has crossed over into its production car business at various points in the past. Now, the French automaker is dipping into that pond again with the launch of the Clio R.S.18, a new iteration of Renault’s feisty five-door hatchback that traces its roots to the Clio 220 EDC Trophy.

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2018 Renault Clio R.S. 16

2018 Renault Clio R.S. 16

The French firm is working on a new, beefed-up Clio

The fourth-generation Renault Clio was unveiled at the 2012 Paris Motor Show. Highlighted by a significantly redesigned body and interior, the new hatchback also received brand-new and updated engines. Another major change is that unlike its predecessors, it’s only available in five-door hatchback and wagon versions, with Renault having dropped the three-door hatch and four-door sedan variants. Underpinned by the ubiquitous Alliance B platform co-developed with Nissan, the fourth-gen hatch also spawned a new track-ready model, the R.S. 200, as well as a limited-edition R.S. 220 Trophy EDC. Come 2016, and Renault is working on an even more extreme version of the Clio R.S..

The upcoming hot-hatch was just spotted testing in Europe and by the looks of things it is heavily based on the Clio R.S. 16 concept that Renault unveiled at the Formula One Monaco Grand Prix in May 2016. Named after the company’s 2016 season F1 car, the R.S. 16 was created to mark the Renault Sport’s 40th anniversary and to celebrate the brand’s return as a Formula One team. The concept features unique styling features on the outside, while motivation comes from Megane R.S. 275 Trophy-R, a significant update over the Clio R.S. 220 Trophy, the most powerful production Clio to date.

Even though Renault has yet to confirm that the R.S. 16 is set to become a production model, the hatchback’s presence on public roads alongside the upcoming Alpine sports car suggests that Renault wants to take things up a notch when it comes to its small hatchback. Not much is known about it as of this writing and the "R.S. 16" name is not yet official, but we’ve come up with a speculative piece about what this beefed-up Clio might bring to the table.

Continue reading to learn more about the Renault Clio R.S. 16.

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2017 Renault Clio R.S.

2017 Renault Clio R.S.

Gets R.S. 16-inspired updates, still won’t come to the U.S.

The fourth-generation Renault Clio was unveiled at the 2012 Paris Motor Show with a significantly redesigned body and interior, as well as and updated drivetrains. Unlike its predecessors, it was only made available in five-door hatchback and five-door estate body styles. Underpinned by the Alliance B platform co-developed by Renault and Nissan in the late 1990s, but enhanced by range of modern updates, the fourth-gen Clio spawned a couple of track-ready models — the R.S. 200 and the limited-edition R.S. 220 Trophy EDC. The entire lineup received its mid-cycle update in 2016.

Also in 2016, Renault unleashed the R.S. 16, a concept car created to mark Renault Sport’s 40th anniversary and to celebrate the brand’s comeback to Formula One as a manufacturer. Although the R.S. 16 isn’t likely to spawn a production model, it was used as inspiration for the facelifted R.S. 200 and the R.S. 220 Trophy, both receiving the aggressive front bumper design, among other features.

“The new Clio R.S. offers the full spectrum of Renault Sport technology for immediate driving pleasure. The model also inaugurates the highly efficient and innovative R.S. VISION lighting system, Renault Sport’s exclusive lighting signature,” announced Patrice Ratti, CEO of Renault Sport Cars.

Both models will go on sale starting September 2016 and, much like its predecessors, it won’t cross the pond to the United States. Keep reading to find out what you’re missing unless you live in the European markets where the Clio R.S. is being sold.

Update 7-22-2016: We’ve created a new video that covers the highlights of the 2017 Renault Clio. Click play to watch the video!

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2017 Renault Clio

2017 Renault Clio

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.

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2016 Renault Clio R.S. 16 Concept

2016 Renault Clio R.S. 16 Concept

The quickest and most powerful Clio in history!

The fourth-generation Renault Clio was unveiled at the 2012 Paris Motor Show with a significantly redesigned body and interior as well as brand-new and updated engines. Unlike its predecessors, it didn’t receive three-door hatchback and sedan versions, being offered only as a five-door hatch or five-door estate. The Clio IV is underpinned by the Alliance B platform co-developed by Renault and Nissan in the late 1990s, but features comprehensive updates that makes it suitable for the 21st century. The fourth-gen hatch also spawns a new track-ready model, the R.S. 200, as well as a limited-edition R.S. 220 Trophy EDC with output increased from 197 horsepower to 217 horsepower.

In 2016, Renault’s high-performance division has unleashed yet another R.S.-badged Clio. Unveiled at the Formula One Monaco Grand Prix on May 27, the new beefed-up hatch wears the R.S. 16 moniker. Although new in this configuration, the "16" numeral was originally introduced on the first-generation Clio, with the 16S being used in certain markets for a performance-oriented version that replaced the 5 GT Turbo. The current name is actually identical to that of the 2016 season Formula One car.

Created to mark the Renault Sport’s 40th anniversary and to celebrate the brand’s return as a Formula One team, the new hatch is the highest performance road-going R.S. model in history and was developed in only five months. Unfortunately, it is only a concept for now and the French firm didn’t say whether it will spawn a production model or not.

“Our aim was to produce a concept car with genuinely outstanding performance credentials,” said Patrice Ratti, Managing Director of Renault Sport Cars. “On paper, producing a Clio R.S. powered by our most potent engine was an extremely appealing idea, but we had to make sure it was feasible.”

Until Renault gives us more information about the production potential of the R.S. 16 concept, let’s have a closer look at what it brings to the table in the detailed review below.

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2016 Renault Clio 220 Trophy EDC by Waldow Performance

2016 Renault Clio 220 Trophy EDC by Waldow Performance

Hot hatch becomes more lethal in every way imaginable

Performance hatchbacks have become so popular these days that it seems that just about every automaker has one in its lineup. Some companies only joined the hot hatch race in recent years, while others have been around for so long they might as well be considered godfathers of today’s hot hatches.

One company that counts itself as belonging in the latter group is Renault. Yep, the French automaker has been building these pocket rockets about as long as most people can remember. That tradition remains alive today in the form of two cars: the Renault Mégane RS 275 Cup-S and the Clio RS 220 Trophy EDC. The latter, in particular, only made its debut at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show but in the year since, it has already made an impression in the tuning world.

Waldow Performance is the latest tuner to take a stab at the Clio RS 220 Trophy EDC and the German tuner wasted little time giving it a full-scale overhaul on multiple facets of the hot hatch. The objective, it seems, is to make the Clio RS 220 Trophy EDC more performance-conscious than it already is. That may be a challenge considering the lengths Renault already took to achieve that goal, but to its credit, Waldow Performance proved to be up to the task in giving the hot hatch the upgrades it needed to become even more of a threat on the road and the track.

There’s plenty to go by as far as the modifications are concerned. It’s a fitting upgrade for a hot hatch that already packs quite a punch by itself.

Continue after the jump to read the full review.

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2015 Renault Clio Renaultsport 220 Trophy EDC

2015 Renault Clio Renaultsport 220 Trophy EDC

Established as a merger between the Alpine and Gordini, Renaultsport has been responsible for developing and building the brand’s high-performance and racing vehicles since 1976. Motorsport highlights included the Le Mans-winning A442 (1978), the Dakar-winning 20 Turbo 4x4 (1982) and the tiny 5 Turbo, but the performance division also built a bevy of road-going cars using its race-bred technology. Having set a Nurburgring record for FWD cars with the Megane RS 275 Trophy-R, (now apparently beaten by the new Honda Civic Type R), Renaultsport decided to focus on creating a more powerful version of the Clio RS 200. The end result goes by the name RS 220 Trophy and it just made its global debut at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show.
Although it’s unlikely it will be used to set new track benchmarks, the RS 220 Trophy trumps its direct competitors on paper, thanks to its beefed-up turbocharged four-cylinder. Its tweaked chassis also recommends it as potent track toy, but does it have what it takes to leave a mark in a segment dominated by cheaper offerings from Volkswagen and Ford?

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2014 Renault Clio RS Monaco GP

2014 Renault Clio RS Monaco GP

We’re quite aware that the Geneva Motor Show is going to be a busy time in the industry. With so many debuts that are scheduled during the show, it’s easy to see a lot of models get lost in the shuffle.

That’s the nature of an event like Geneva, but one car we know is going to get its well-deserved shine is the Renault Clio RS Monaco GP.

The special edition model is going to make its debut in Geneva and while we do admire the look of the Clio RS’standard guise, we’re a little disappointed that the Clio RS Monaco GP didn’t carry a little more modifications to it.

From what this single photo of the Clio RS Monaco GP is showing us, the car is sporting an exclusive White Frost Pearl exterior paint finish with some nice glossy touches on the front grille, mirror casings, window surrounds and the lower section of the front bumper. Those are some pretty slick details and further highlighted by a new set of 18-inch five-spoke alloys.

No interior photos have been released, but word has it that the Clip RS Monaco GP will be sporting a white dashboard and door panels to go with Renault’s RS Monitor that lets drivers record lap times and carry other performance data.

Power comes by way of a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 200 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque. Taken into consideration the Clip RS Monaco GP can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 6.7 seconds to go with a top speed of 143 mph.

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2013 Renault Clio R3T Rally Car

2013 Renault Clio R3T Rally Car

With the launch of the new Renault Clio, it was only right for Renault to also give an update to its existing rally car, the Clio Renaultsport R3. After all, it’s been seven years since the R3 first hit the rally scene so it’s high time that a new one shows its face, right?

Well, Renault Sport Technologies is acquiescing and has released new information about the R3’s successor, the Clio Renaultsport R3T rally car. Set to launch in 2014, the R3T was built to comply with current FIA R3 regulations, which will now come with at least a turbocharged version of the car’s existing 1.6-liter engine that Renault Sport engineers have continuously adapted to racing specifications.

In addition to the revised engine, the R3T will also come with a host of modifications, specifically built and developed for rally purposes. Among these include a new six-speed sequential transmission with optional steering-wheel paddle shifters in the asphalt version, as well as specialized equipment, including Sadev gearboxes, Sachs shock absorbers, PFC brakes, and Cosworth electronics.

All these updates should give the Clio Renaultsport R3T an impressive package that will create interest from rally teams all over the world. The model isn’t expected to gain approval until the latter part of 2014, but Renault wants to make sure that the returns end up becoming worth the wait.

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2013 Renault Clio GT 120 EDC

2013 Renault Clio GT 120 EDC

The Renault Clio GT 120 EDC is a tricky little car. On the one hand, you have to give Renault some credit for giving the car top-quality aesthetics and an aura of sportiness. That’s a pretty big deal, especially considering the market the car belongs to.

On the other hand, it’s not really all that powerful; at least not as powerful relative to the competition. That’s a pretty big deal, too.

So, when you’re caught between a rock and a hard place, you have to evaluate your options and determine what’s more important to you.

As far as our tastes go, we’re always looking for a car that can back up its sporty looks with performance numbers that’ll excite. The Clio GT 120 EDC doesn’t tickle our fancy that way.

But make no mistake, there’s still some admirable qualities about this car. It’s just that if given a choice, you can opt for a higher trim from the Clio range and get all that you want.

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2013 Renault Clio GT

2013 Renault Clio GT

Renault’s plans of establishing a name for itself in the sports hatchback market came to a head at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, as the French automaker debuted the Clio GT.

Unfortunately, the Clio GT doesn’t come close to approaching the performance credentials of the 200-horsepower Clio RS 200 Turbo that was introduced late last year. But fret not, because Renault and its sports car division, RenaultSport, did some justice to the car’s engine to justify giving it the GT name.

Although Renault said that the Clio RS 200 and the Clio GT 120 share similar technical credentials, including turbocharged downsized petrol engines, EDC dual-clutch six-speed multi-mode transmission, steering-column-mounted gear shift paddles, and specific chassis settings, the former’s 1.6-liter turbocharged engine’s output of 200 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque is more powerful than the GT’s likely output of 120 horsepower.

In the Clio GT’s corner though is that its engine comes equipped with direct fuel-injection while also having an EDC transmission whose gear shifts deliver dynamic performance credentials. On top of all that, the Clio GT’s powerplant features significantly lower CO2 emissions of only 120g/km and a combined-cycle fuel consumption of just 5.2 liters/100km (45.2 mpg).

Aerodynamically, the Clio GT was developed with a slew of new components, including a new front bumper, a more pronounced grille, new door and mirror trims, larger air vents, and newly configured LED daytime running lights that now find themselves moved into the spoiler.

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2014 Renault Clio Renaultsport Cup

2014 Renault Clio Renaultsport Cup

Renault just unveiled its all-new Clio Renaultsport 200 Turbo road-going car in Paris and we all knew it was in for big things. Well, now we know exactly what plans Renault had for it, as the French automaker has announced that a racing version, the Clio Renaultsport Cup will be offered for competition in time for the 2014 British Touring Car Championship.

The Clio Renaultsport Cup will feature an Oreca Magny-Cours-tuned 1.6-liter turbocharged 4-banger that pumps out a stout 220 horsepower and 270 Nm (199 pound-feet) of torque mated to a 6-speed sequential gearbox via an AP Racing clutch. The power is delivered to the wheels via a limited-slip differential. Buyers can opt for a paddle-shift interface, if they desire.

Bringing this high-performance Clio to a halt are 320 mm (12.6-inch) AP Racing front rotors, which are squeezed by quad-piston calipers. One-way ZF-Sachs adjustable dampers are on the corners with custom-built aluminum wishbones. Also on the corners are 17-inch Speedline Corse alloy rims, wrapped in performance rubber to keep the Clio glued to the track. Keeping up with the times, Renault will fit the Clio Cup with a data acquisition system integrated into a color TFT screen, so the driver can pull all of his race data immediately.

The body boasts a large rear spoiler that puts down about 40 kg (88.2 lbs) of down-force at 125 mph, helping keep the tires on the ground at high speeds. The press car is draped in white with checkered livery, but we figure you can snag up the Clio Renaultsport Cup in a variety of color schemes.

There’s no mention of pre-installed safety equipment, so we are left to assume that this is something that you need to install to fit whichever racing series you choose to run the Clio Renaultsport Cup in.

This awesome racer will be ready for delivery in the UK in September 2013, so we have a while to wait. You’ll need all of that extra time to save up the whopping €37,800 (about $49,286 at the current rates), plus VAT, attached to this hot hatchback.

Click past the jump to read Renault’s presser.

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