Renault has revealed the facelifted Clio, giving the fourth-generation B-segment hatchback its first proper update since its launch back in 2012.
Most noticeable is the new full-LED lighting signature – which includes C-shaped daytime running lights – adorning certain high-spec models.
Other styling revisions are just as subtle, and include a redesigned front grille and a fresh rear skirt. Four new body colours have also been added to the range, along with a selection of new wheel and wheel-trim designs.
Inside, the French automaker claims the spruced-up Clio benefits from the use of finishes “previously reserved for Renault’s higher-end models”.
“All the upholsteries are new and special attention has been paid to the tactile and visual quality of the plastics’ grain-effect finish. The chrome trim features a more subdued, matt finish and the colours are more refined,” Renault said in its press material.
“In short, the new Clio forms a higher-end package which strikes a desirable balance between seductive exterior styling and a high-quality interior finish,” the automaker said.
In Europe, the facelift brings with it a new 1,5-litre diesel mill, while the 1,2-litre turbo-petrol four-pot gains the option of a six-speed manual gearbox for the first time.
Renault South Africa tells us that the facelifted Renault Clio is scheduled to arrive locally late in 2016, although engine options have yet to be confirmed.