2016 marks the 25th anniversary of the Renault Clio, so it’s apropos that the current fourth-generation Clio gets a little mid-life freshening.
The changes are only minor, but they should be enough to keep the Clio in the best-seller charts for a few years yet. When it arrived in 2012 it set a styling template that some Renault models are only just catching up to, so there was no need to do anything major.
Styling tweaks amount to new LED lighting signatures front and rear, a new front grille and revised rear skirt. Only by studying old and new side-by-side would you be able to spot the difference.
There’s four new colours to choose from, the interior plastics look nicer, chrome trim has been given a matt finish and the upholstery is new. There are new wheel designs to choose from, too, among a wider range of personalisation options.
There’s now three infotainment systems as well, ranging from basic to all-singing-all-dancing, while a thumping BOSE stereo is on the options list.
The engine range has been expanded with a more powerful 108bhp 1.5-litre dCi diesel engine, connected to a six-speed manual gearbox. The 118bhp 1.2-litre TCe petrol engine – the most powerful sub-Renaultsport Clio – also gets the option of a six-speed manual ‘box.
More information will be forthcoming before the car’s launch in October. Incidentally, according to Renault it has built over 13 million Clios, making it one of the best-selling nameplates of all time.
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By Only Motors