New Renault Clio to be showcased at Paris Motor Show

Renault has unveiled the fourth-generation version of its Clio small car that will be showcased at the Paris Motor show. The new Clio gets a fresh front end with a bold Renault logo, new headlights (with chrome on the edge) and LED daytime running lights.

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Photo: The new Clio looks aggressive and stylish thanks to a fresh front end

Other changes on the Clio include integrated rear door handles like those we have seen on the Chevrolet Beat small car. When launched abroad the new Clio will come in eight colours, including the red color used on the DeZir concept car we saw at the 2012 Delhi Auto Expo.

It will be interesting to see if Renault brings the Clio to India as it makes perfect sense in a hatchback-oriented market like ours. The new Clio with its attractive looking dashboard, multimedia system, digital speedometer, classy and young interiors could be a hit in India.

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Photo: The interiors of the Clio look suave and upmarket, with a well put-together dashboard

The Clio apparently will be offer a wide range of personalization options, right from a choice of colour for the front grill and door inserts to the dashboard, door panels, steering wheel, grab handles, gear lever, air vent surrounds, upholstery etc. This too may go down well with Indian buyers if the car is brought to Indian shores.

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Photo: The rear of the Clio has a familiar shape. Note the hidden rear door handles like the Beat.

The Clio sports a new 3-cylinder turbocharged Energy TCe 90 petrol engine which is the first 3-cylinder motor produced by Renault. The lack of a diesel engine may be the reason why Renault hasn’t been very positive about their plans to bring the Clio to India. However, Renault can squeeze Nissan’s 1.5 DCi engine into the Clio. This engine is already being used in the Renault Pulse, Renault Duster, Renault Fluence, Nissan Micra and the Nissan Sunny. Would you buy the Clio if it came to India? Share your views.