17 July, 2012: Renault Clio bookings are now officially open in France; one can book this supermini car for a price of 13,700 Euros. Renault Clio enthusiasts can also avail a special payment scheme offered by the company along with DIAC wherein they can avail a payment facility through Renault New Deal Finance and can make the payment in a time period of five years or when they have run the vehicle to 50,000 mark. This scheme offered by Renault is condition free term lease and the customers just need to pay- 199 Euros per month. Clio, the five door hatchback was unearthed on July 3, 2012 and the car comes with class leading exterior and interior; the LED daytime running lights, reversing camera and R-Sound effect, keyless entry, hill start assist, Plug & Music connectivity and Renault Bass Reflex System offer exceptional sound reproduction enumerates the amazing features incorporated by Renault in Clio. Renault Clio is offered in a total of 8 versions, seven of which are fitted with in-dash navigation and seven inch touch screen display.
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Renault S. A. is a France based automobile manufacturer, which has established itself in global car market since a long time. In India, it is being offered with a high class variety of cars that have lured the consumers towards it. At present, the company has a lot of vehicles in all segments and all are doing good business for the company. Now it is expected, that Renault India is going to launch yet another hatchback in the country's car market, which will christened as Clio. Renault brought the Clio model in the year of 1990 and about 11.5 million units of the car has been sold in above 115 countries across the world. It is expected to be the first ever smallest and cheapest vehicle against the leading competitors like Hyundai i10, Maruti Swift, Chevrolet Spark, Ford Figo and so on. It is expected that the company is going to roll out the same technical specification, which is running on the roads of United Kingdom. Apart from the power train, it is also expected to come with almost all features, which are available in global markets. It is going to be launched with almost all those features, which are necessary for a comfortable driving experience to occupants on any road condition. It is most likely that this vehicle will be fitted with a 1.2-litre diesel engine, which comes with a displacement capacity of 1197cc. It is integrated with four cylinders and sixteen valves using double overhead camshaft based valve configuration. This power plant has the capacity of churning out a maximum power of 90bhp in combination with a peak torque output of 130Nm. It is expected to be mated with a five speed manual transmission gear box, which sends the engine power to its front wheels. The braking and suspension mechanism of this vehicle is quite proficient. It is further augmented by anti lock braking system along with electronic brake force distribution, which will augment this mechanism.
This upcoming hatchback series is expected to come with a standard exterior measurements, which can easily accommodate five passengers. It is being sold in several sparkling exterior paint options for the buyers to choose from. Its overall look is quite compact and designed with a bold radiator grille, which is embedded with a prominent company logo in the center. This grille is flanked by a neatly crafted headlight cluster, which is incorporated with halogen based lamps and turn indicator. Its wheel arches are neatly crafted and fitted with a set of alloy wheels, which gives the side profile a decent look. These rims are further covered with high performance tubeless radial tyres. Apart from these, it also has chrome garnished window sill, electrically adjustable outside rear view mirrors, a sporty roof rails, body colored bumper with a wide air dam and many other such aspects. On the other hand, the company has given it a spacious internal cabin with good seating arrangement. It is quite roomy enough and four adults can easily travel in this hatchback. To add more comfort in this vehicle, the manufacturer has given two monitor screens. The screen available in this instrument cluster shows the information of vehicle speed, fuel level and range, digital clock, CO2 emissions, driver seat belt warning notification and many other such aspects. It also has an advanced infotainment unit with seven inch touch screen display. It is equipped with controls of AC unit, radio volume, music selection, telephone, navigation, photos and movies etc. In addition to these, it also has a number of protective aspects, which gives a proper security to the occupants as well as vehicle. Its rigid body structure comes with impact beams and crumple zones, which reduces the impact of collision. The cabin is also incorporated with an advanced engine immobilizer for preventing the vehicle from theft, fog lamps, a high mounted stop lamp, seat belts for all occupants, dual airbags and so on.
It is expected that this yet to be launched vehicle might come with the same body design, which is available in the UK market at present. The company has fitted it with a lot of striking features and makes it look captivating on the roads. To begin with the front fascia, it is designed with an attractive radiator grille, which is fitted with a thick black slats and embedded with a prominent company logo in the center. This radiator grille is flanked by a neatly crafted headlight cluster, which is incorporated with high intensity halogen headlamps along with side turn indicators. It also has LED day time running lights, which gives the frontage a distinct look. The slating forward bonnet has a couple of visible character lines. The main highlight of its frontage is the rugged bumper that is fitted with a large air intake section for cooling the engine quickly. This air dam is flanked by a pair of fog lamps that adds to the visibility of the driver, especially in bad weather conditions. Its windscreen is made of green tinted glass and it is pretty large for giving a wide view ahead. This is accompanied by a couple of intermittent wipers. Coming to its side profile, it has a sporty look owing to its black side molding and body colored outside door handles. Its wheel arches are well designed and fitted with a classy set of alloy wheels, which gives a dynamic stance to the vehicle. These rims are further covered with high performance tubeless radial tyres. The body colored outside rear view mirrors are electrically adjustable and integrated with LED side turn blinker. Its B pillars are treated in high gloss black, while window sill comes with chrome garnish, which gives a nice appearance to the side profile. Its rear profile is as quite attractive with an elegant taillight cluster featuring halogen based brake light and turn indicators. Its tailgate is quite large and is fitted with black strip and variant badging. The wide windscreen is accompanied by a wiper along with a defogger. It also has a sporty roof spoiler, which is integrated with a high mounted stop lamp that adds to the safety quotient. The body colored bumper is fitted with a couple of bright reflectors as well.
This vehicle is going to comes with a standard overall dimensions, which gives a spacious cabin inside. Its overall length measures about 4063mm along with a decent height of 1448mm, which ensures enough head room for all occupants. Its width is about 1945mm, which includes both external rear view mirrors. It has a large wheelbase of 2589mm that gives a spacious cabin inside. The minimum ground clearance of this vehicle is about 159mm and its steering wheel supports a turning radius of 5.4 meters, which is quite good.
The internal section of this Renault Clio model series has been done up with a dual tone color scheme and incorporated with a lot of features as well. The cabin has an advanced instrument panel that displays the aspects like vehicle's speed, a digital tachometer, fuel level and provides several warning notifications for keeping the driver updated. It also has a leather wrapped steering wheel, which is designed with a company insignia in the center. This steering wheel is mounted with audio and call control switches for additional comfort. Its center fascia has a high gloss black finish and is integrated with a proficient AC unit along with a lot of storage spaces. The company has incorporated it with ergonomically designed seats, which are wide, well cushioned and have integrated head rests. The rear bench seat has folding facility, which helps in increasing the boot volume of car. Its driver's seat has height adjustment function and comes with proper lumbar support. All the seats are covered with good quality fabric upholstery that further adds to its plush appeal. Its internal section is complimented by ambient lighting on its dashboard and a lot of chrome inserts, which gives it a classy look. For enhancing the appearance of the cabin, it has fabric inserted door trims and chrome finished gear shift lever. The dashboard is equipped with number of features including an instrument cluster with a number of functions, a large glove box, a three spoke steering wheel with multi functional switches and AC vents. There are number of utility based features given inside the cabin including front sun visors along with passenger side vanity mirror, cup and drink holders, map pockets in both doors, reclining function for front passenger seat and many other such aspects. The tilt adjustable steering wheel makes it easy to handle the vehicle even in peak traffic conditions.
The company is going to launch this vehicle with a lot of sophisticated features, which gives the occupants a pleasurable driving experience. It is equipped with a manual HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioner) unit, which keeps the entire cabin cool. It also has dust and pollen filter for purifying the cabin air. It has electrically adjustable as well as foldable outside rear view mirrors that adds to the advantage. It is expected that the company will offer this hatchback with an advanced infotainment system, which will enhance the ambiance of entire cabin. Its advanced multimedia player comes with 7-inch color touchscreen. It features audio streaming and Bluetooth connectivity along with intuitive voice command technology. It supports CD/MP3 player, radio with AM/FM tuner, USB interface, Aux-in Port and six speakers as well. The audio controls are mounted on its tilt adjustable steering wheel, which makes quite easy for the driver. It also has a cruise control function with speed limiter that maintains a steady speed on the highways as set by the driver. The ergonomically designed driver's seat includes lumbar support as well for additional comfort. The illuminated glove box compartment is large, which makes storing of objects and its accessibility easier. The smart digital instrument cluster is easy to read and alerts the driver with various notifications. It is equipped with aspects like a digital tachometer, an electronic tripemeter, door ajar warning, outside temperature display, driver seat belt reminder notification and several other functions. Apart from these, it includes parking assist, all four power windows with driver side auto down function, smart access card entry, engine start and stop button, dusk sensing headlamps, front and rear armrests, dust and pollen filter and an electro-chromic rear view mirror. It also has a 12V power socket in center console for charging mobiles and other electronic devices. All these features put together makes it one of the most comfortable hatchback in its segment.
The company has given it a spacious internal cabin, which can accommodate five passengers with ease. It provides ample leg space and headroom for all occupants along with shoulder room as well. It has a large boot compartment, which can be increased with the help of split foldable rear seat. The fuel tank capacity is also good enough for planning longer journeys.
With the help of a five speed manual transmission gear box, this motor propels the hatchback to achieve a top speed in the range of 150 to 160 Kmph. At the same time, it can accelerate from zero to 100 Kmph in just about 12 seconds, which is rather thrilling for the occupants sitting inside the cabin.
As per speculation, this model series will come with one diesel engine, which is expected to deliver a power packed performance. Its 1.2-litre dCi engine comes with a displacement capacity of 1197cc. It is integrated with four cylinders and sixteen valves using double overhead camshaft based valve configuration. It has the capacity of churning out a maximum power of 90bhp in combination with a commanding torque output of 135Nm in the range of 1650 to 5200rpm, which is rather decent for Indian road conditions. This diesel motor is expected to be coupled with a five speed manual transmission gear box, which sends the engine power to its front wheels. It is incorporated with a common rail based direct injection fuel supply system, which allows the the vehicle to deliver a decent fuel economy.
Its 1.2-litre diesel engine is expected to be incorporated with a common rail based direct injection fuel supply system, which allows the hatchback to return a maximum mileage of 22.5 Kmpl on the bigger roads. While in the city traffic conditions, it gives out 18 Kmpl approximately, which is rather decent for this class.
This power plant has the capacity of churning out a maximum power of 90bhp in combination with a peak torque output of 135Nm in the range of 1650 to 5200rpm, which is rather decent for this class.
In some international markets, this Renault Clio model series is fitted with an advanced multimedia system, which also has a touchscreen display. It comprising of CD/MP3 player, radio with AM/FM tuner along with Bluetooth connectivity for pairing the mobile phones. It also has ports for external devices like Aux-in and USB along with six speakers that enhances the ambiance. The cabin is also packed with a manual AC unit with sufficient vents at the dashboard. The company has given it a multi-functional steering wheel, which is mounted with audio and call control buttons for convenience of the driver. Apart from these, the owners can customize their variants with various accessories. The list of interior features are a touchscreen infotainment system including navigation and support for audio along with video files, rear parking sensors along with a rear camera, which provides excellent assistance while parking. Beside these, leather seats, center armrests and various other convenience features are also offered. At the same time, they can decorate it with attractive exterior cosmetics such as stylish body graphics, additional fog lights, sporty rear spoiler, a set of alloy wheels and many other such aspects.
Like any other car model in Renault's portfolio, this upcoming vehicle is also expected to gets a reliable braking system along with reliable suspension mechanism, which keeps the vehicle well balanced and stable. It is expected to be blessed with a hydraulically operated diagonal split dual circuit braking system. Its front wheels are fitted with a set of ventilated discs brakes, while rear have been fitted with a set of drum brakes. This braking mechanism is further augmented by anti lock braking system along with electronic brake force distribution and brake assist function. In addition to these, it is also equipped with electronic stability control with traction and under steer control that adds to the advantage. On the other hand, its front axle is fitted with an independent McPherson strut system, while the rear one is assembled with trailing arm. Both these axles are loaded with coil springs and anti roll bars, which enhances the driving comfort. At the same time, it is equipped with an electro hydraulic power assisted steering system, which comes with tilt and telescopic adjustment function. It is quite responsive makes it easy to handle even in peak traffic conditions. This steering wheel supports a minimum turning radius of 5.4 meters, which is quite good for this segment.
For a stress free driving experience, the company has bestowed this Renault Clio model series with a lot of crucial protective aspects. The seat belts are given for all passengers along with height adjuster. The driver seat belt reminder notification is also given in the instrument panel, which is an added advantage. The company has given it dual front airbags for driver and front co-passenger that reduces the impact of collision in case of any accidents. In addition to these, it also has front and side head thorax airbags that reduces the impact of collision. It also has an advanced engine immobilizer, which prevents the vehicle from any unauthorized entry. The rigid body structure has side impact beams and crumple zones that enhances the safety quotient in case of any accidents. It has deal locking system along with keyless entry and push button start. It is equipped with double optic headlights along with see home headlamp function. Its braking mechanism is further augmented by ABS with electronic brake force distribution and brake assist that prevents it from wheel locking in case of sudden brakes are applied. Apart from these, the car manufacturer has bestowed this hatchback with a lot of aspects like front fog lamps, rear wiper and washer with timer, speed sensitive auto door locks, door open warning lamp, a central locking system along, tyre pressure monitor along with a tyre inflation kit and centrally a located high mounted stop lamp.
The flared up wheel arches of this upcoming model series are expected to be fitted with classy set of 15-inch Paradise alloy rims, which enhances the look of its side profile. These rims will further be fitted with high performance tubeless radial tyres, which provides excellent grip on any road conditions. The company has also given it a full size spare wheel, which is affixed in the boot compartment with all other tools required for changing a flat tyre.
1. Its compact size makes it easy to handle even in peak traffic conditions.
2. Fuel economy of diesel engine is up to the mark.
3. Braking and suspension mechanism are quite proficient.
4. Presence of electronic stability control along with traction control is a big plus point.
5. Economical price range is an advantage.
1. Diesel engine noise and harshness can be reduced.
2. Lack of navigation system is a big minus point.
3. Many more safety and comfort features can be added.
4. Lower ground clearance is a disadvantage.
5. Engine performance can be made better.
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