2013 IAA: Renault is showing Clio IV at Frankfurt Motor Show [Live Photos]

Article by Anita Panait, on September 14, 2013

Renault is showing off its new Clio IV at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. The French carmaker says that the new Renault Clio IV exudes versatility, performance and fuel efficiency. The Clio boasts of styling cue typical of Renault Sport models -- grille, front and rear bumpers and lip spoiler, 17-inch wheels and offset LED daytime running lights.

It could be availed with the optional Malta Blue finish. Inside, the Clio features a grey trim with details in chrome and gloss black. Staying true to its label as a high performance car, the Clio features sports seats with additional side support, aluminum-capped pedals and specific instrument backgrounds.

It boasts of a touchscreen R-Link navigation system, hands-free card, radio with Bluetooth and USB connectivity as well as reversing camera, driver aids and automatic climate control.

The car combines a new downsized turbocharged engine and EDC transmission to deliver a dynamic performance while returning a modest fuel consumption. The Clio you see in the images is powered by a new 1.2 liter turbocharged gasoline engine features with direct fuel-injection.

As a result, it returns a combined-cycle fuel consumption of just 5.2 liters/100km, or carbon dioxide emissions of 120g/km. Renault benefits from expert input of Renault Sport Technologies, allowing it to achieve an excellent merger of performance, versatility, comfort and fuel efficiency. The five-door Clio is built in Bursa, Turkey.

Renault designers gave careful consideration to accomplishing balanced extents for the New Clio. Standing at 4,062mm long, 1,732mm wide (barring mirrors) and 1,448mm high, it sits 45mm nearer to the ground than its forerunner. Meanwhile, the front and rear tracks have been essentially broadened (by between 34 and 36mm).

The lower ride-height guarantees a confident position which is also advantageous to the car's aerodynamics. The articulated shoulder lines make the all-new Renault Clio visually distinguishable.

New Clio's coupe-like outline is highlighted by the incorporated rear door handles hidden near the rear quarter lights.

The proportion of wheel-size to vehicle-height has been calibrated for a more dramatic feel. The huge-diameter wheels are squeezed 15mm outwards in contrast with the Clio III in order to fill and finish flush with the wheel arches. A sharply raked windscreen adds to this dramatic vibe, as does the enhanced glass/body proportion when the New Clio is viewed from the side (one-third and two-thirds respectively).

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