The next-generation Renault Clio will be electrified and have a level two autonomy when renewed in 2019.
Last seen testing on public roads, in the current model’s body, the next generation of Clio will be characterized by hybrid models, as well as the first B-segment Renault car to feature-level two autonomy – in which the speed and steering of the machine are controlled by the car, but the driver must concentrate on the road. The developments were announced from the executive vice president and president of Renault Europe, Jean-Christophe Kugler today.
It will also feature cutting-edge Renault connectivity technology, Kugler has revealed, speaking to mark in the Car of the Future conference, which sets out Renault’s plans for the future between now and 2022.
Disguised as a current-generation car, the new Clio has entered the testing phase of development, with the exposed steel wheels, matte gray body and an unusual discharge giving away the test mule’s identity.
The current Clio was launched in 2012, in the sense of a replacement is not due for at least another year; a facelifted model launched last year marked the mid-point of its life cycle.
Low-capacity petrol engines are a dead cert, even if the brand’s 0.9-liter TCe turbo three-cylinder engine, which has faced criticism and so will probably be revised if not replaced. Diesel engines, including a 1.5-liter DCi shared with Nissan, will be maintained, despite the ongoing market shift away from oil-burners. What is certain is that the whole line-up have improved the performance, economy and emissions than the current Clio.
Renault has stayed tight-lipped on the details, but there is a possibility that the Hybrid Assist mild-hybrid powertrain from the MÃ©gane and Overview could be reported. If the model is given a plug-in hybrid, will be the first one in the account segment to get this variant. The brand also does not allow you to specify if a variation feature of a hybrid system, or whether all the variants would be electrified.
The Clio is also expected to follow the MÃ©gane in a more exclusive interior, horizontally oriented infotainment system, as well as a larger Renault badge and the C-shaped daytime running light signature.
Styling could be drawn from recent concepts, including the Trezor and Symbioz, even if, of course, be attenuated. The Clio has in the past led the style of leadership in the Renault range, so the new-look preview, the facelifted MÃ©gane and other models.
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