By John Simpson 03 July 2012
Renault has revealed details on its fourth generation Clio, set to launch early 2013. The new Clio will debut Renault’s first three-cylinder turbocharged petrol engines - a 0.9-litre TCe 90 and 1.2 TCe 120 – alongside a four-cylinder 1.5-litre diesel option. Improvements to the supermini have shed 100kg on average from the outgoing Clio to help nudge three of the four engines confirmed under the 100g/km threshold, securing free road tax and no C-Charge. A second 1.2-litre TCe 120 petrol engine has been confirmed but Renault said it was too early in development to be certain if it would join the other three in free VED territory.
Paris has the answerVery little is known about the last petrol engine, TCe 120. Renault says that it will feature a four-cylinder 1.2-litre engine, capable of delivering the performance of a normally-aspirated 1.6 engine but it will achieve CO2 emissions below 100g/km won’t be revealed until the Paris Motor Show in September. The new Clio will include an ECO mode to help drivers reduce fuel consumption by as much as 10 per cent by modifying the car's performance parameters at the push of a button. A colour-coded driving style monitor and a Gear Change Indicator on the dashboard also helps drivers improve their driving style to reduce their fuel consumption. A Driving eco²app available through Renault R-Link provides drivers with a full suite of information, enabling them to analyse their driving style and take corrective measures in order to reduce their fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.