Renault has updated the Clio hatchback globally after four years of the launch of the fourth generation car back in 2012. The update is cosmetic only with the introduction of two new engine options for the compact hatchback.
Since this is a midlife facelift, the overall body-shell remains the same including the flared wheel arches and the window-mounted rear door handles on the side profile. The new five-spoke alloys look ravishing. The horizontally slatted grille across the front fascia is now pronounced and houses the diamond-shaped logo. LED daytime-running lamps embedded in the grille have moved into the headlamp cluster which features LED projectors. The air dam has grown wider and the round fog-lamps have been ditched for the more stylish rectangular ones with chrome accents.
The interiors have been retained as is but freshly upholstered. The twin pod instrument cluster with the digital insert, the display screen for the infotainment system, the centre console and even the round AC vents have been carried over. The safety of occupants is taken care off by four airbags and ABS with EBD.
The Renault Clio gets the 1.2-litre turbo-petrol engine which develops 117bhp of power and 190Nm of torque mated to a six-speed manual gearbox. It is powered by the 108bhp 1.5-litre four-cylinder turbocharged dCi diesel engine that we have on the Renault Duster in India. The diesel engine is mated to a six-speed manual gearbox.