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2019 Renault Twingo

2019 Renault Twingo

Is having a pretty city car face enough to make the Twingo a success?

Renault radically changed the formula for its third-generation Twingo city runabout. The first- and second-gen Twingos were front-engined, front-wheel drive, three-door cars (and the second one even had a proper hot hatch variant). For its third generation, though, Renault completely changed things around, making the Twingo a rear-engined, rear-wheel drive, five-door model.

Further differentiating it from its predecessors was its design. Whereas the two previous Twingo incarnations were styled to look as modern and fresh as possible, the current Twingo has a retro-inspired look that owes everything to the iconic Renault 5. And it really works - the Twingo is cute, tasteful and, even though there are other retro-inspired cars out there, it’s among the most successful from a visual standpoint.

But it too isn’t especially new, as it was launched back in 2015 and was recently given its mid-lifecycle refresh. Renault didn’t change anything major, though; the refresh has changed the front and rear bumpers, the headlights, as well as added some extra interior customization options. One of the engines available for the Twingo also gets a power boost courtesy of the facelift and some extra tech has been added too.

But overall, it’s still the same fresh looking car that attracted a lot of attention back when it was launched. That attention didn’t really translate into it becoming a sales hit, yet you still see a fair few of them scuttling around Europe’s major cities (the Fiat 500 is still king in this respect and the Twingo didn’t manage to dethrone it).

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2020 Renault Megane

2020 Renault Megane

Refreshed Renault Megane looks more grown up both inside and out

Renault has been selling the current Megane unchanged since the current generation was launched back in 2016. Then, it attracted a lot of attention with its bold LED daytime running lights, wrap-around rear light clusters (that almost created a full-width light bar) and upmarket-feeling interior with its large portrait-style touchscreen infotainment screen.

Now, the manufacturer has brought the Megane in for its midlife makeover, in order to keep it looking fresh and to bring its look in line with that of newer models in the range (like the all-new generation Clio subcompact). The facelifted Megane features redesigned headlights (with a different but equally bold LED signature), a revised grille and front bumper, as well as a new rear light cluster design; the rear bumper may also be different, but if so, then the difference is so subtle we can’t really spot it.

Its interior has also been updated, but the biggest change can be found under the revised Megane’s hood. Hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrains will be offered for the first time, as Renault continues the quest to electrify as much of its range as possible - this was to be expected, though, since the new Clio can also be had as a hybrid, so electrifying the Megane was a logical next step.

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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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2018 Renault K-ZE

2018 Renault K-ZE

Is this the electrified future?

Renault is previewing its future mini electric crossover with the K-ZE concept revealed at the 2018 Paris Motor Show. Taking a closer look at the K-ZE, it becomes immediately apparent that it is, in fact, just a dressed up Kwid (which Renault already sells in emerging markets) which has had its internal combustion powertrain swapped out for a full-electric one.

The future electric crossover will look much closer to this concept, than it will to the current Kwid, although it will maintain its basic body shape. What will set it apart visually more significantly are the new, redesigned front and rear fascias, as well as various details around the exterior. It also promises to offer “class leading” range for a vehicle in its size-bracket.

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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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2019 Renault Arkana

2019 Renault Arkana

Finally An Affordable Coupe Crossover

In a surprising turn of events, French manufacturer Renault revealed an all-new coupe SUV called the Arkana. Shown at the Moscow Auto Show, the Renault Arkana is the first coupe-inspired SUV to sit at a lower price point compared to any of its premium competition. For now, the Renault Arkana is only a show car, but one really close to production. Renault will introduce it for the Russian market in 2019, with the launch on CIS markets some time later. The car could be introduced on the western markets as well (maybe not in the same guise and with the same name) and while we cannot expect it in the U.S. (Renault isn’t available here at all), I would not be surprised if the Arkana architecture ends up supporting some kind of similar Nissan coupe SUV. The Renault press release is clear - the Arkana “heralds a new vehicle with global ambitions.” Last time I checked, global means all around the world.

Renault’s Design Chief Laurens van den Acker did hint that Renault is considering bringing the Arkana to Europe. China, Latin America, and South Korea are already confirmed destinations for the new car.

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2019 Renault Captur Coupe

2019 Renault Captur Coupe

French automaker is looking to introduce a coupe-crossover for the masses

Renault’s got big plans for its Captur lineup, and it seems that one of those plans involve rolling out a new coupe-crossover that will make its debut in concept form at the 2018 Moscow Motor Show. The French automaker has rolled out at the first teaser of the concept, but more importantly, a heavily camouflaged test prototype has been seen rolling on the streets recently. By all accounts, this test mule is an early production version of the Moscow-bound concept that we will see this August. It’s already pegged to get the Captur Coupe name, and it will likely be shared with Dacia using the same nameplate.

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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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2017 Renault Zoe

2017 Renault Zoe

A new battery adds significantly more miles to the car’s range

The Renault Zoe came to be in 2012, as part of the company’s Z.E. electric car initiative that also includes the Twizy city car and the Kangoo Z.E. compact panel van. Originally launched with a 22 kWh battery that returned a 93-mile range, the Zoe received a second battery good for 150 miles in 2015. At the 2016 Paris Motor Show, Renault announced the introduction of a brand-new battery for the Zoe. Boasting 41 kWh of useful energy, the new stack returns an NEDC driving range of 250 miles and a real-world range of up to 186 miles.

Set to go on sale in 2017, the updated Zoe will hit the streets in the same form as the original hatchback. Aside from the new battery and upgraded infotainment apps, the Zoe will carry over unchanged inside and out. However, the new battery makes it the most capable, affordable electric car on the market, at least until the Opel Ampera-e lands in showrooms.

The updated electric arrived just as Renault sold its 100,000th Zoe, an impressive achievement in this market. Although not as popular as the Leaf, which sold more than 230,000 units globally as of 2016 (note that the Leaf is also offered in the U.S.), the Zoe is the best-selling hybrid in France and a notable competitor for the Nissan in Germany, the United Kingdom, and Norway.

Will the more powerful battery make a difference and boost Zoe sales in Europe? Let’s have a closer look at the numbers before we draw a conclusion.

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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.

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2017 Renault Megane Sedan

2017 Renault Megane Sedan

Renault finally has a proper sedan in its lineup

The Renault brand has been doing well in recent years, with the brand’s revenue, operating income, profit, total assets, and total equity all well in the green at the end of 2015. For 2016, Renault ushered in a new generation of the Megane hatchback and, to be quite honest, it is the Megane the world has been waiting for. The hatchback is now longer and wider than before, which gives it an awesome stance, new exterior light units, and interior design cues from the 2016 Renault Tailsman. A total of six engines were available at launch ranging between 90 and 205 horsepower, depending on configuration. The standard Megane was the first to be announced and was followed by a GT and an Estate version, and not the company has just announced the Megane Sedan.

As a sedan, the car features the same front end as the hatch along with an identical side profile up to the rear doors. After that, the sedan takes on its own styling cues. The big news is that the Sedan features panoramic roof which, according to Renault, isn’t available on any vehicle in this segment. The sedan will be produced at the Bursa plant in Turkey and will be sold in at least 20 countries. As such, it will have a decent range of engines consisting of two gasoline mills and two diesel mills that offer up between 90 and 130 horsepower, depending on market.

With that said, let’s take a look at the new Megane Sedan and talk a little about it in the review below.

Update: 07-16-2016: Now that Renault finally has a proper sedan, we decided to put together a short video to cover all the highlights of the brand’s latest edition. Click play on the video above to learn more about the Megane Sedan.

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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 Captur Wave

2016 Renault Captur Wave

Renault celebrates the Captur’s success with a limited-edition model for the French market

Launched in 2013, the Renault Captur replaced the Modus. Unlike its predecessor, which was designed as a mini MPV, the Captur was developed for the compact crossover market as part of Renault’s new strategy to broaden its SUV lineup. Built on the same Renault B platform as the fourth-generation Clio and Nissan Juke, the Captur shares its engines with the majority of Renault products. The lineup includes a number of small-displacement, three- and four-cylinder, gasoline and diesel units. The crossover is assembled in Spain and Russia, and is sold in several markets throughout Europe and Asia.

Hugely popular in its home country, where it leads the small SUV segment with an 8.7 percent market share, the Captur has received a new limited-edition version for the 2016 model year. It goes by the name Captur Wave, it is based on a comprehensively equipped trim, and it comes with a number of exclusive features inside and out. The Captur Wave also marks the debut of a new drivetrain, which pairs the TCe 120 gasoline engine with a six-speed manual transmission. Previously, this mill was only available with the six-speed automatic gearbox.

The Captur Wave is offered in France only, where Renault is already taking orders for the limited-edition crossover. There is no word as to how many will be built, but we expect it to go out of production by the end of 2016.

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2017 Renault Twingo GT

2017 Renault Twingo GT

A five-door hatchback with a little extra pop

Here in the U.S., the “city car” (a.k.a. sub-compact, supermini, or kei car) is still a bit of an oddity, but overseas, it’s much more established. One of the leaders in this space is French automaker Renault, which produces several urban-friendly models, including the Twingo. First debuting at the Paris Motor Show in 1992, the original Twingo was a FWD three-door hatchback. The second generation dropped in 2007, followed by the third-gen Twingo III at the Geneva Motor Show in 2014. Co-developed with Daimler’s Smart division, the third gen gained two doors and moved the drivetrain to the rear, eventually gaining widespread critical praise for its styling and fun factor. But some enthusiasts were left wanting more, so in a bid to spark a little extra excitement, Renault has unveiled the Twingo GT, which comes with performance-oriented aesthetics like racing stripes and 17-inch alloys, interior upgrades like new trim and aluminum pedals, and 20 extra horsepower complemented by a retuned suspension.

The last time we saw a sporty Twingo was in 2012 with the RS 133, and while many found it endlessly entertaining, others couldn’t help but feel as though the lack of output was a bit out of sync with the RS badge. This time around, Renault is instead blessing the new hatch with the GT nomenclature, all while instilling the tiny turn-burner with characteristic Renault Sport handling.

So then, is it a hot hatch, or just lukewarm? Read on to find out.

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2017 Renault Grand Scenic

2017 Renault Grand Scenic

Like its smaller sibling, the Grand Scenic got a sporty redesign and impressive interior package

Back in March, Renault pulled the sheet off of the all new Renault Scenic based on the R-Space concept. Now, just a couple months later, Renault is pulling the sheet off of its bigger brother – the Grand Scenic.

The Grand Scenic is nine inches longer, almost one inch wider, and just over a half-inch taller than it’s smaller sibling. It comes standard with 20-inch wheels, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, full-color heads-up display, parking assistance, and a host of engines that include five diesel options and two gasoline options.

Furthermore, it offers seating for five or seven people, two-tone livery from the second equipment level up, and an all-new color – Vision Brown – that is exclusive to the Grand Scenic. Compared to the outgoing model, the new Grand Scenic has a completely redesigned front end, more fluidic body lines, and a reworked rear end. The end result: Renault just made the compact MPV segment a little sexier.

Needless to say, the new Grand Scenic is a huge departure from the outgoing model. The body flows smoother from front to rear, there’s plenty of interior room, and the standard features are surprising – even on the entry-level model. Even from a quick glance, you can see that the body was designed to have a look of depth from the side and that the roof doesn’t slope downward as aggressively as it did on the outgoing model. All told, it’s one of the better “redesigns” that we’ve seen in a while.

The new Grand Scenic will go on sale before the end of the year, with the full U.K. model lineup, specifications and pricing announced closer to the official launch. So, with that said, let’s take a closer look at Renault’s new Grand Scenic and all the fine details hidden within.

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2017 Renault Scenic

2017 Renault Scenic

Renault announces new Scenic based on the R-Space concept

Five years ago, Renault brought the Renault R-Space Concept to the Geneva Auto Show. This year, we saw what appeared to be the same concept sitting at Renault’s stand. Was it déjà vu? Nope. We were actually looking at the next-generation Renault Scenic. That’s right, Renault took its famed R-space concept and used it as a basis for the newest Scenic.

Oddly enough, Renault kept a lot of to styling from the concept when it made the new Scenic. There were, of course, changes made to make it production ready, but as you can see from our main display image, it’s not that far off. In fact, as far as first impressions go, one might argue that it actually looks better than the R-Space concept. How often do we say that about a concept turned production model? Not very often at all.

Laurens van den Acker, Renault’s Senior Vice President of Corporate Design, said, “We wanted the new SCENIC to break new ground. It is a sexier and more modern take on the MPV which carries over the outstanding modularity that has been paramount to the success of the model’s three previous generations over the past 20 years. Its proportions and large-diameter wheels draw inspiration from the R-Space concept car.”

You’ve got to hand it to Renault when it comes to the new Scenic. It’s slated to be the bomb diggity of the MPV segment, and if the interior is as stylish as the exterior, it won’t have a hard time living up to that hype. The original Scenic virtually invented the MPV marketplace and has held its rank rather well over the years. So, will the new Scenic continue to be a leader of the MPV segment? Well, we have some new pictures and lots of information, so let’s dive on in and find out for ourselves.

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