After initially revealing only its revamped interior (read more about that here), the fifth-generation Renault Clio has now been fully unveiled, complete with a new “RS Line” trim level.
Running on the new CMF-B platform, the fifth version of the small hatchback takes clear styling inspiration from the latest Mégane, gaining bonnet creases, a larger grille and more aggressively designed front bumper.
Interestingly, the new Clio is some 14 mm shorter than its forebear, although the French firm claims it is “more spacious inside”. The body has been lowered by up to 30 mm, while wheels measure up to 17 inches (depending on the variant).
The new hatchback gains air deflectors on the front wheel arches, which Renault says “limit friction and boost aerodynamics”. The LED headlamps feature the brand’s latest C-shaped lighting signature, while a longer and thinner brake light has been fitted at the top of the rear window. Several new body colours (including Valencia Orange and Celadon Blue) will be offered.
Renault promises the boot design has been “optimised to make its shape as cubic as possible”. The (optional) premium Bose audio system has been fully integrated and therefore does not encroach on luggage space, which has been increased some 26 litres to a claimed 391 litres.
And the Clio RS Line mentioned above? Well, this trim level will effectively replace the GT-Line specification in the outgoing range, drawing inspiration from the automaker's high-performance RS division.
The Clio RS Line gains the so-called “F1 blade” up front, along with a honeycomb-effect grille, special 17-inch wheels and “more athletic” rear end. Inside, you’ll find sports seats (with reinforced support), carbon-style inserts, a perforated leather steering wheel (with the double RS diamond), alloy pedals and red trim matching the topstitching on the seats and steering wheel.
While Renault has yet to release details about powertrain options, it’s all but certain the new engines (developed by the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance) recently introduced in the Micra will do duty in this latest Clio.