Electrification and Level 2 autonomous technology will be offered on Renault's next-generation Ford Fiesta rival

The next-generation Renault Clio has been spotted clad in its own bodywork for the first time, showing that its design will take influence from the larger Mégane.

Spotted on the continent beneath heavy camouflage, the five-door hatchback has slimmer headlights that appear to feature Renault's C-shaped lighting signature. The car's overall shape is familiar to the current Clio, but the tailgate looks slightly more raked, with a shorter overhang.

Renault Europe chairman Jean-Christophe Kugler said last year that the fifth-generation Clio will feature significantly more technology than the current car.

It's due with the model's first electrified powertrain, possibly in the form of a Hybrid Assist set-up that could be carried over from the Mégane and ScénicIt's also possible that the Clio could be given a plug-in hybrid powertrain. This would make it the first model in the supermini segment to gain such a variant.

Additionally, the Clio will come with Level 2 autonomous technology, meaning the speed and steering of the car can be automatically controlled, although the driver must remain ready to take control at all times. Renault's alliance with Nissan means that much of this hardware and software will likely be shared with the latest Nissan Leaf electric car.

The Clio will also feature cutting-edge connectivity technology inside, likely housed within a portrait-orientated infotainment system, as in the Mégane.

Power for the wider Clio range is expected to come from a familiar selection of low-capacity engines. The brand’s 0.9-litre TCe turbocharged three-cylinder has faced criticism, so it will likely be heavily revised if it isn’t replaced. Diesel engines, including a 1.5-litre dCi shared with Nissan, look set to remain, despite the market’s ongoing shift away from oil-burners.

Additional reporting by Sam Sheehan

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6 October 2017

What will be interesting is how much the steering autonomy option will be. Not many take the self parking options on sub £20,000 cars so just how many will pick up an even more expensive option on £17,000 B segment car, not many at a guess.

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

6 October 2017

level 4.

 

france is lagging a lot in technology? or perhaps they just want to wait and purchase the tecnology from a third party when level 5 is introduced in 2025? 

 

cheers!

 

/EX

5 April 2018

 A new-ish Clio.....?, no, just a refresh, the new Family Face grafted on.....

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