Throughout its lifetime, renault Clio has delivered qualities usually associated only with larger cars. Based on the renault-Nissan Alliance’s B platform, New Clio offers levels of comfort, cabin space and low noise that are unmatched within its segment. Not only is it more agile than before, but it is also an average 100kg lighter than its forebear.
A Proven Quality Chassis enhanced road manners New Clio’s suspension combines driving precision with reduced Like Clio III, New Clio is built on the b platform that has underpinned noise and vibration levels. stability and road holding have both been almost 20 other models in the Alliance portfolio. This chassis’ abilities enhanced by the extended wheelbase (+14mm, to 2,589mm) and have already been widely praised, but it has now been fine-tuned wider track (+34-36mm). with a longer wheelbase and wider track, as well as an in-depth weight reduction programme.
The Macpherson-type front suspension is linked to a right-angled triangular lower wishbone with twin bushes. This configuration blends sharp handling with excellent comfort and minimises the effect of longitudinal and transverse loads. A high level of transverse torsional stiffness also benefits road holding without compromising the car’s ability to soak up longitudinal shocks, which is vital for the comfort of occupants. The rigid sub-frame guarantees responsive handling and also improves steering precision. The rear suspension comprises a programmed-deflection torsion beam with coil springs. To optimise cornering stability, an anti-roll bar is incorporated as part of the set-up and effective shock absorption is assisted by bump stops that are now made from polyurethane. These are more progressive than older designs and add further to the comfort delivered by New Renault Clio.
The optimised calibration of the electrically-assisted power steering enables drivers to feel immediately at one with New Clio. It is more direct than before, thanks to a quicker steering rack (now 2.71 turns lock to lock) and the car is both more manoeuvrable and nicer to drive – especially in town. It has a 10.6-metre turning circle. The gearshift action has also been improved, thanks to the use of pendulum weights and carbon synchromesh rings that ensure faster, smoother changes.
Generous dimensions and cabin space
New Clio measures 4,062mm in length, 1,732mm in width and has a 2,589mm wheelbase. Front and rear track are wider than those on Clio III, by 34 and 36mm, while the lower centre of gravity provides further handling refinement. The generously proportioned cabin includes a facility to adjust the height of the driver’s seat by up to 70mm, which underlines the attention that has been paid to maximising comfort. The steering wheel can also be adjusted for both height and reach. Luggage can be stowed in the spacious boot, rated at 300dm3 (VDA) which is a 12dm3 improvement over Clio III.
The 100kg diet plan New Clio is approximately 100kg lighter than previous-generation models, thanks to optimisation work in several areas, including:
The use of very high elastic limit (VHEL) steel for the body’s superstructure.
The introduction, on certain models, of a tailgate made entirely of thermoplastic (polypropylene), which saves approximately 3kg and benefits fuel consumption.
A smaller fuel tank, the capacity of which has been reduced from 55 to 45 litres. The loss of 10 litres will have no impact on fuel range, thanks to the economy gains that have been made.
Other components to have had their weight optimised (without affecting their performance), include the wheels, exhaust system, engine mountings, door stops, dashboard cross member, floor pan, braking system, anti-roll bar (now hollow), drive shafts and dashboard insulation (now featuring three layers of material).