Chic style and turbo boost for new Clio

Bobby Cheetham

RENAULT South Africa has launched the long-awaited new Clio. And somewhat surprisingly it’s available with a three-cylinder 900cc turbo petrol engine, good for 66kW and three trim levels – Authentique, Expression, Dynamic.

However, other engines may be in the pipeline at a later stage.

Based on Formula One technology, Renault’s first turbo-charged, three-cylinder petrol engine, the all-aluminium 66kW unit boasts performance equivalent to that of a normally-aspirated 1.4 litre four-cylinder engine.

Designed and developed by Renault Engineering at Rueil-Malmaison in France, the cutting-edge three-cylinder engine does not suffer despite a 25% reduction in its cubic capacity.

The new turbo engine boasts amazing power and torque for a low capacity engine with flexibility, agility and high driveability.

The turbo has quick response at low engine revs: 135Nm at 2500rpm (90% of this figure available from 1650rpm to ensure good pick-up, acceleration, responsiveness and driving enjoyment) and peak power output is measured at 66kW at 5250rpm.

The Clio also comes with a range of efficient solutions designed to help drivers reduce their fuel consumption and CO2emissions.

To optimise fuel economy, “Eco” mode can be activated at the push of a button, reducing fuel consumption by up to 10%.

A stop-start system with energy recovery under braking allows for a fuel consumption figure of 4.5l/100km and a CO2emissions figure of just 105g/km.

The car has already scooped a number of accolades since launch late last year.

These include the 2012 golden steering wheel award in Germany for the small car category, European Car of the Year finalist 2013 (won by the Volkswagen Golf), best production car of the 2012 Paris Motor Show, top three in the Most Beautiful Car of 2012 awards and the 2013 World Design car of the year finalist.

All versions of the new Clio are equipped with a new smart sound system integrated into the front doors’ loudspeakers. Known as Renault Bass Reflex, this system delivers the volume and listening enjoyment of a 30-litre home speaker enclosure.

This technology delivers more powerful bass frequencies, while at the same time pushing back saturation and distortion thresholds. The system is based on the use of vents – or ports – in the enclosure and its application is a world first for the automotive industry.

The Clio comes standard with a five- year/150000km mechanical warranty, a three-year/45000km service plan and a six-year anti-corrosion warranty.

55kW Authentique five-door – R149900;

66kW Turbo Expression five-door – R169900; and

66kW Turbo Dynamique five-door – R179900.

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