Renault is currently hard at work especially with the impending arrival of its Zero Emission (Z.E.) range. It is also expecting the arrival of the Energy 1.6 dCi 130 with the Stop-Start function, its downsized engine. As such, the company is fast-tracking its program of vehicles lowering its environmental impact further through the low-emission Clio which only has CO2 emission at 94 g/km. Motivated by the success of the 98 g/km Clio, the supermini with the 1.5-liter diesel engine delivers better fuel economy and reduced emissions, all due to a host of improvements. The 94 g/km variant is all thanks to the ‘Eco Pack’.
This option is available at £250 and is offered under the Expression trim level of the 3-door Clio and 5-door Clio. Excluding the optional pack, the standard model is priced at £12,200 and at £12,800 on-the-road. With the option pack, the total cost is at £12,450, making the 3-door Clio the cheapest supermini in the U.K. with emissions below 100 g/km. This is lower by £1,445 when compared to the Ford Fiesta Econetic (priced at £13,895 OTR) and even lower by as much as £2,410 compared to the Volkswagen Polo BlueMotion (priced at £14,860 OTR). Considering that diesel is now priced at £1.40 per litre, those who have the eco2 model will have less need to visit the gas pumps.
In addition, this model also offers 949 miles in between its fill-ups, making it truly wallet-friendly. While driving the newest green model form this France-based automaker does strengthen savings, customers can also get additional benefit through the Zero Vehicle Excise Duty and the London Congestion Charge exemption. For those who have their own business, they can avail of the 100% Capital Write Down Allowance and the low benefit-in-kind 13% rating.
The advantages for its London-based customers, whether they’re actual residents or not, do add up. For those living in London, they will get the opportunity to recover part of the cost in less than a year through the optional £250 pack. This is mainly based on the £244 worth of exemptions due to the Congestion Charge, which includes the 90% residents’ discount, plus the registration fee of £10.
Then there is the £110 due to the improved fuel economy when compared to the conventional dCi 88 over 12,000 miles. For non-residents, they can get about £2,500, and this is top of the fuel cost saving and the exemption that is the same as that of the Auto Pay weekday charge of £9. By utilizing comprehensive specifications, the fuel economy of the new Clio range is better by 2.1 mpg and is at a combined cycle of 78.4 mpg. The CO2 emissions rating is lower by 4 g/km at 94 g/km. In addition to the engineering enhancements done under its bonnet, the ‘Eco Pack’, though optional, will also offer the Aero 15-inch wheel trims with the ultra-low resistance tyres and the Aero rear spoiler in body-color.
For the standard Expression model, it will be equipped with the 4x20W RDS radio CD that has fingertip remote control and an auxiliary input. Equipped as well are the fog lights in the front, door mirrors, and electric front windows. Other options will be offered as well like having extra tinted windows and tailgate, the integrated Carminat TomTom Live satellite navigation, and air conditioning.
Aside from the enhancement done to this low-emission Clio, there are also other improvements done to the rest of the line-up. Take the Entry-level Expression for example, it now has the same soft-touch dashboard that is also in luxurious models. Then it also comes with the satin chrome accents and the ‘Sport’ upholstery. Meanwhile the Dynamique TomTom also has its very own improvements.
The center console for example has a gloss black finish. This is also true for the air vent surrounds and dash inserts. Then there is the alloy 16-inch gunmetal Solonia alloys from the GT Line TomTom, and the co-ordinating door mirrors. Orders are now being accepted for the 94 g/km Clio Expression Eco priced at £12,450, which includes the optional pack.