The New Renault Clio Arrives
BOULOGNE-BILLANCOURT, FRANCE - Renault released the New Renault Clio to automotive showrooms in France on April 23, 2009. For Renault, the new Clio is a milestone car that they have put a large amount of energy towards getting it right for its public release. Since 1990, Renault has sold more than 10 million Clio's worldwide. theirEarth has not yet had an opportunity to test drive the new Clio model, but our initial review of the specifications of the most efficient models, the 1.2 16V 75 and TCe 100 petrol (gasoline) engines, and the two diesels, the dCi 70 and the dCi 85 look very good. theirEarth will concentrate on reviewing these four most ECO efficient versions of the Clio in this article.
The New Renault Clio is available in 3-door, 5-door, and Estate body configurations with seating available for up to five passengers. The 1.2 16V petrol (gasoline) and the dCi 85 diesel engines are available with either a 5-speed manual or 5-speed automatic transmission, whereas the base dCi 70 diesel and the TCE 100 high efficiency gasoline engine are only available in a 5-speed manual. The 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) acceleration times of Renault's most efficient Clio's are - 1.2 16V 5-speed manual (13.4 sec), 1.2 16V 5-speed auto (14.9 sec), TCe 5-speed (11.0 sec), and for the diesels - dCi 70 5-speed manual (15.5), dCi 85 5-speed manual (13.0 sec), and the dCi 85 5-speed auto (15.0 sec).
Inside the new Clio, one of the new technology items is a dashboard centre-console built-in 5.8" (approx 15 cm) Carminat TomTom navigation system, that includes traffic information, fixed speed camera alerts, and is available as standard equipment on some models, or available as an option for 490 Euros. The Carminat TomTom GPS system can be kept current through online Internet update capability, and there is also a built in 2Go SD card for storing additional maps and features.
Renault is manufacturing the New Renault Clio in three locations - Flins (France), Valladolid (Spain), and Bursa (Turkey). There are six trim versions of the New Clio available - Authentique, Expression, Dynamique, Exception, GT, and Renault Sport. There are five new Renault engines that have been designed for the New Clio, and the dCi 70 and dCi 85 diesel engines qualify for a 700 Euro ecological credit to purchasers who choose these engines in France. In France, the recommended retail price including taxes for a base 3-door 1.2 16V gasoline (petrol) New Clio is 12,800 Euros, and for the 3-door dCi 70 diesel the base price is 14,500 Euros, or 13,800 Euros with the 700 Euro ecolgical rebate included.
The most efficient Renault Clio, per the EEC 99/100 test, is actually the larger engined dCi 85 diesel 5-speed manual, which gets a combined urban/highway fuel consumption of 4.4 L/100 km (53.5 U.S. MPG), urban (city) of 5.2 L/100 km (45.2 U.S. MPG), and a pure highway consumption (extra-urban) of 4.0 L/100 km (58.8 U.S. MPG). The 5-speed automatic dCi 85 has exactly the same fuel consumption figures as the manual version. The dCi 70 diesel 5-speed is just slightly more thirsty at 4.5/5.3/4.1 L/100 km - (mixed/urban/extra-urban).
On the petrol (gasoline) engined Clio, the 1.2 16V 5-speed manual, the fuel consumption is 5.9/7.6/4.9 L/100 km - (mixed/urban/extra-urban) - (39.9/31.0/48.0 - U.S. MPG), the 1.2 16V 5-speed auto is 5.6/7.1/4.7 L/100 km, and on the high power to efficiency TCe 100 (Turbo Control Efficiency) 5-speed manual, the fuel consumption is 5.8/7.4/4.8 L/100 km. For those who wish to pay for the optional new Renault TCe 100 engine, it offers excellent fuel efficiency for the power it delivers.