The Renault Clio’s update has arrived in Australian showrooms this week with a fresh new look, more features, new technology and a sharper price.
With a base price of $15,990 ($17,990 driveaway) for the manual Life variant, the Clio is $2000 more affordable than its predecessor and is the only manual gearbox available in the line-up.
For that money, or $19,990 drive-away for the automatic EDC transmission, the Life gets a refreshed exterior with coloured side mirrors and door handles, chrome boot lid strip, chrome door sill insert, chrome trim radiator grille and 16-inch hubcapped wheels.
It also adds new technology such as smart key entry and push-button start, automatic headlight and windscreen wipers, reversing camera, electric windows, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and fuel-saving ECO mode.
Moving up the spec ladder is the $19,990 (plus on-roads) Zen, which adds C-shaped LED headlights, fog lights with chrome detailing, front parking sensors, satellite navigation, side-door protection and two-tone 16-inch alloy wheels.
For an extra $3090, buyers who opt for the luxury-themed Intens model will gain chrome window trim, side parking sensors, parking-assist, LED cabin lights, driver’s armrest, 3D Arkamys sound system, R-LINK navigation and multimedia system including voice control, height adjustable passenger seats, velvet and synthetic leather upholstery, climate control, rear privacy glass and 17-inch alloy wheels. It also includes the option of ‘Flame Red’ or ‘Ivory’ coloured door sill inserts, grille insert and boot lid, and ‘Intense Red’ or ‘Grey’ for the dashboard, door panel and seat highlights.
Topping the range is the GT-Line which, for the same price as the Intens ($22,990 plus on-roads), offers a sportier option with blue highlights inside, aluminium sport pedals, GT-Line badging, rear spoiler, leather handbrake, and 17-inch alloy wheels. Leather trim and heated front seats are also an option for $1500.
An extra $550 can be added to the price for metallic paint. All models except the base-level Life offer an optional panoramic fixed sunroof for an extra $1000. A Bose sound system costs an extra $500 at Intens and GT-Line level.
The line-up will also include the Clio RS hot hatch, which is expected to arrive mid-year.