Set to go on sale by the end of 2012 is the new Renault Clio that aims to help the brand get back its sexy and sporty image. It will be unveiled this October at the Paris Motor Show. Renault will cut down its range in the UK as part of a plan to become profitable once again. This implies that Renault is putting a lot of importance on the all-new Clio 4. The Clio 4 is very distinctive and it’s a considerably lower and wider.
Its interior is of a higher quality than that of the Clio 3, which didn’t anywhere near the success of the top-selling original from the mid-1990s.
Beatrice Foucher, Renault’s product planning chief, said that Renaults have to be “German first and French second.” She explained that the quality has to be improved before the focus is placed on design and innovation.
She said that current car has “no emotion” and so it’s fairly easy to boost its “design and sexiness.” The Clio 4 would be the first all-new model from design chief Laurens van den Acker who moved to Renault from Mazda in 2009.
Clio’s looks would be heavily inspired by the styling of the DeZir low-slung sports car concept displayed at the 2010 Paris motor show. Renault considers the DeZir to be the “spirit and DNA of what’s to come from Renault.”
New Clio from Renault is on its way to becoming the first ever production version that will express fully the design renaissance that was inspired by none other than Laurens van den Acker.
The goal was to have a production model that would continue to show the emotion and display the style first seen on the concept cars. Renault has proven this is possible with the Clio. Even if offered only in a five-door format, the Clio comes with an athletic profile which is highlighted by integrating its door handles in the rear and hiding near its new quarter lights in the back. For the Clio, designers at the company made sure that it would have balanced proportions.
In terms of overall length, it measures 4,062 mm while width, excluding the mirrors, is at 1,732 mm. Height is at 1,448 mm, which means it is closer by 45 mm to the ground compared to the previous model. Since the ride height is lower, this not only means it has a stance that is more assertive but this also helps with aerodynamics. Designers also widened the tracks with the front by as much as 34 mm and the rear by 36 mm.
What makes the Clio immediately easy to recognize is how the front section has been styled. The Renault logo is now more pronounced as it is not only more upright and bold but has been set in a background with gloss black. This trademark was first seen on the company’s DeZir concept car.
Making this style even more unique are the headlight units which have daytime running lights in LED with chrome details. Shoulder lines are more prominent making the Clio even more visually unique. In order to get more of a dynamic appearance, the ratio of the size of the wheels to the height was modified. Unlike that of the Clio III, its wheels, which come in a larger diameter, have been pushed outwards by 15 mm.
This resulted in the wheel arches having a fill and finish flush. Enhancing the dynamic feel is how the windscreen is now more steeply raked. In addition, the new Clio has a 1:2 glass to body ratio. On its official launching, Renault will be offering eight colors for the body, four of them new. One distinct color is Flame Red, which was inspired by the DeZir concept car.