Scheduled to make its first official appearance before the motoring public in March at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show, the new 2010 Renault Clio made an early debut today, setting what Renault refers to as “the new benchmark.” Although it still shares many of the same qualities with the wildly popular 2006MY Clio III, the new Clio received a few sporty upgrades, including a double air-intake, fog lights, and an overall edgier front fascia. The 2010 Clio’s most notable change, however, is Renault’s nod to affordable driver connectivity. Rarely seen in vehicles priced at/below $15k, the new Renault Clio comes optionally equipped with an impressive navigation system developed exclusively for the Clio by both Renault and Tom-Tom. Dubbed the “Carminat TomTom,” the Clio’s removable GPS system features a large, full-color 5.8in screen and extensive driver access to maps, constantly-updated traffic reports, safety camera locations, and speed limit information.
Pricing for the 2010 Renault Clio has yet to be announced, but we expect more information (including a production schedule) to surface the closer we draw to the Geneva Motor Show.
Full gallery and press release after the jump
February 5, 2009
NEW RENAULT CLIO
THE NEW BENCHMARK
- New Renault Clio opens a new chapter in the Clio saga which began in 1990 and which
has since seen the model go from strength to strength.
- New Renault Clio stands out as a versatile, balanced package which carries over the
same qualities that saw Clio III take the ‘Car of the Year ‘ award in 2006, namely
benchmark cabin space, safety, comfort and roadholding, as well as the same rigorous
build quality that has made it one of its segment’s most reliable models.
- Renault’s new compact hatchback features:
o renewed styling which incorporates the same dynamic cues as those which have
become the hallmarks of New Renault Mégane’s front end,
o a new GT version, enabling Renault Clio customers to sample the world of sporty
motoring. New Renault Clio GT boasts racy looks and ‘fun to drive’ handling.
o Carminat TomTom, the first fully integrated and affordable GPS navigation solution.
Renault’s latest navigation solution has been co-developed with TomTom and will be
dual branded. The navigation solution, easily updateable on the internet, has a large
colour screen, and will include traffic and speed limit information, as well as safety
camera locations, at a price of less than €500.
- The motoring public will get a chance to take a closer look at New Renault Clio at the
forthcoming Geneva Motor Show.
A compact hatchback which reinforces Clio’s family ties with New Renault Mégane
New Renault Clio sits squarely on the road and boasts more streamlined styling, with the lines of
the headlamp modules now extending down to the lateral upturns of the front air intake. Indeed, the
broad air intake in the lower part of the front bumper sets off the dynamic frontal styling which are
also suggested by the presence of gloss black protective mouldings. The revised design of the rear
lights prolongs the waist line across the hatch, while the uncluttered approach to the design of the
central part of the rear bumper further emphasizes New Renault Clio’s dynamic stance. The
reversing lights and foglamps are positioned low down and to the extreme right and left of the
The choice of the new interior trims and equipment was guided by a desire to produce a sense of
well-being and perceived quality, and the screen of the Carminat TomTom GPS navigation system
is perfectly integrated into the upper part of the centre console.
New Renault Clio GT: an unprecedented version with genuine character
As with other Renault models, a GT version forms part of the New Renault Clio range. The
compact and racy New Renault Clio GT hatchback features an exclusive body colour, Malta Blue.
Its frontal styling is more aggressive and includes a gloss black grille, while the side sills hint at the
performance of the GT version’s specific suspension. New Renault Clio GT is easily recognizable
from the rear thanks to its twin exhaust tailpipes and lip spoiler.
There are eye-catching sporty details inside the car, too, including drilled aluminium pedal covers
and extra side support for the seats, plus GT-badging for the front seats.
Carminat TomTom: the first fully integrated, updatable and affordable navigation solution
Renault’s latest GPS navigation solution, Carminat TomTom, is the fruit of the carmaker’s
partnership with TomTom to bring affordable integrated navigation solutions to Renault customers.
Ready to start working from the moment you start the car and particularly easy to use, the solution
will give Clio drivers a safe and stress-free driving experience.
Some of the features the Carminat TomTom will have are:
- an easy-to-read 5.8 inch (14.7cm) colour screen (larger than that of removable systems) for the
display of detailed birds-eye view maps,
- reliable, updateable navigation complete with traffic, safety camera locations and speed limit information,
- at a price of less than €500.
All the fundamentals of Clio III
New Renault Clio boasts the same qualities that saw Clio III earn the ‘Car of the Year ‘ award in 2006, namely:
- benchmark interior space and comfort,
- acclaimed ride comfort,
- a wide choice of responsive, environmentally friendly engines,
- a range of equipment from the next segment up, including a hands-free card and cruise control with speed limiter,
- outstanding safety credentials,
- the same rigorous build quality that has made it one of the most reliable cars of its segment.
The motoring public will be given the opportunity to take a more detailed look at New Renault Clioat the forthcoming Geneva Motor Show.
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