Thursday 5 February 2009

New Car: 2009 Renault Clio III facelift

Following the recent posting of the facelifted Clio, Renault has officially unveiled the revised Clio and you can see from the gaping mouth of the front end is clearly borrowed from the Megane.

In fact, it's a whole new front end, with new headlights, grille, and front bumper, which along with the mouth give this Clio a far more aggressive look than its previous incarnation.

Also, new with the facelifted Clio is the Carminat TomTom navigation system, which Renault claims will be one of the cheapest navigation systems on the market, with UK prices set at below £500/€550 at current exchange rates.

The GT comes with all the sporty add-ons that make a GT look like what it's supposed to. It includes twin exhaust pipes, a lip spoiler, and an exclusive color - Malta Blue. On the inside are drilled aluminum pedal covers and GT markings on the seats, along with an overall upgrade of cabin materials, which is a feature of the entire new Clio range. UK sales start in May with prices kicking off at around £9,600, a £200 increase. The Clio GT is expected to start at £14,000.

Press Release:


New Clio opens a fresh chapter in the Clio epic which began in 1990 and which has seen the model go from strength to strength

New Clio carries over the same qualities that saw Clio III take the 'Car of the Year ' award in 2006, namely benchmark cabin space, safety, comfort and roadholding, as well as the same rigorous build quality that has made it one of its segment's most reliable models

New Clio features:

The same dynamic cues as those which have become the hallmarks of New Mégane's frontal design

A new GT version, enabling more Clio customers to sample extra Va Va Voom

Carminat TomTom, the first fully integrated and affordable GPS navigation solution. Co-developed with TomTom, the system will be easily updateable via the internet and has a large colour screen. It also includes traffic and speed limit information, as well as safety camera locations, all for a price of less than £500.

The motoring public can take a closer look at New Renault Clio at the forthcoming Geneva Motor Show

New design reinforcing Clio's family ties with New Mégane:
New Clio sits squarely on the road and boasts revised styling, with the lines of the new headlamps now extending down to the lateral upturns of the front air intake. The broad grille in the lower part of the new front bumper sets off the dynamic styling with the presence of gloss black protective mouldings. The revised design of the rear lights extends the waist line across the hatch, while the uncluttered approach to the design of the central part of the rear bumper further emphasises New Clio's dynamic stance. The reversing lights and foglamps are positioned low down and to the extreme corners of the rear bumper.

The choice of the new interior trims and equipment aims to produce a sense of well-being and quality with the screen of the new Carminat TomTom GPS navigation system integrated into the upper part of the centre console.

New Clio GT: a new sport version:

As with other Renault models, a GT version forms part of the New Clio range. Its frontal styling is more aggressive and includes a gloss black grille, while the extended side sills hint at the performance of the GT's specific suspension settings. New Clio GT is easily recognizable from the rear thanks to its twin exhaust tailpipes and lip spoiler and features an exclusive body colour, Malta Blue.

There are eye-catching sports details inside the car, too, including drilled aluminium pedal covers and extra side support for the seats, plus GT-badging for the front seats.

Carminat TomTom: the first fully integrated, updatable and affordable navigation:

Renault's latest GPS navigation, Carminat TomTom, is the fruit of the carmaker's partnership with TomTom to bring affordable, integrated navigation to Renault customers. Ready to start working from the moment the car is started and particularly easy to use, the system ensures Clio 2009 drivers benefit from safe and stress-free motoring.

Some Carminat TomTom's features are:

an easy-to-read 5.8 inch (14.7cm) colour screen (larger than that of removable systems) for the display of detailed birds-eye view maps, reliable, updateable navigation complete with traffic, safety camera locations and speed limit information at a price of less than £500.

All the fundamentals of Clio III: New Clio boasts the same qualities that saw Clio III earn the 'Car of the Year ' award in 2006, namely:

* benchmark interior space and comfort
*acclaimed ride comfort
*a wide choice of responsive, environmentally-friendly engines,
*a range of equipment from the next segment up, including a hands-free card, cruise control and speed limiter
*outstanding safety credentials the same rigorous build quality that has made it one of the most reliable cars of its segment

Further details will be announced at the forthcoming Geneva Motor Show. New Clio goes on sale in the UK in May.


Anonymous said...

Well...the new design won't look so aggressive on the Clio RS that's for sure.

Laguna said...

It could do Andrei and I'm sure the Clio RS is called the Clio Renaultsport :)

Anonymous said...

Moi j'adore cette renault !

Laguna said...

café paris comment translates to: I love this Renault

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