Renault has set the starting price for luxury version of its Clio subcompact hatchback – the Clio Initiale Paris – at EUR21,500 in France, which is a EUR3,350 premium over the standard model. Stefan Mueller, chief executive of Renault Europe, told Automotive News Europe that the Clio Initiale Paris would cater urban drivers who want a city car having luxury design and interior features.
He noted that there is a growing market for those preferring small cars with luxury trimmings and personalized and elegant exterior. The Clio is the first Renault model to use the Initiale Paris trimline, which will also be seen on other models in the future. The Renault Clio Initiale Paris TCe 90 features a starting price EUR21,500, compared to the EUR18,150 for the standard version.
On the other hand, the Renault Clio Initiale Paris dCi 90 EDC will be tagged at EUR25,200. The new version of the Clio features an exterior bearing the Initiale Paris-badge lettering, as well as Xenon headlights and a rear bumper skirt. The rear bumper of the Renault Clio Initiale Paris features a specialty black color while the exhaust pipe and parts of the trunk are painted in chrome. The Clio Initiale Paris also comes with 17-inch alloy tires and tinted backseat windows, as well as side mirror protectors in a specialty black color.
The interior, meanwhile, features heat-adjusted Nappa-leather front seats and aluminum foot pedals. Its dashboard and door handles are also in leather with vanilla white stitching. Renault will commence selling the Clio Initiale Paris at early 2015 in France and in other European markets throughout the same year.
Renault launched the Clio Initiale Paris at the at the 2014 Paris Motor Show. According to the French auto manufacturer, the Clio Initiale Paris is available with new Ivoire non-metallic finish and an exclusive Givre Grey metallic finish as well as a new front bumper incorporating fog lights. It also features LED daytime running lights with light guides, forming a distinctive ‘C’-shaped lightning signature.
Aside from the sports seats in full-grain Nappa leather upholstery – with woven Initiale Paris badging at the top of the seat backs – the Renault Clio Initiale Paris features a steering wheel wrapped in Nappa leather with Initiale Paris badging. The interior also features front and rear doors trimmed in imitation leather.
Moreover, the Renault Clio Initiale Paris features find aluminum pedal covers, Initiale Paris badges on lower door plates, illuminated vanity mirrors and flock-lined glove box as well as xenon headlights, heated front seats, the R-Link multimedia table with an Arkamys audio system and automatic climate control. A reversing camera and opening sunroof are optionally available on the Clio Initiale Paris.