New Renault Clio: an Incarnation of Renault New Design Identity







Published by Gerald Ferreira Date: September 13, 2012
Categories: Renault, Renault Clio

New renault Clio is the first production model to give full expression to the renault design renaissance inspired by Laurens van den Acker. the objective was to take the style and emotion of the brand’s concept cars and carry them over to production models. New Clio meets that goal.

Clio Design Team

From left to right: designers Nicolas Jardin, Antony Villain, Yohan Ory and Yann Jarsalle.

“New Renault Clio was conceived as a piece of sensuous sculpture which stimulates desire. Like muscles, its curves express the dynamism radiated by the DeZir concept car. No acute or aggressive angles, just voluptuous curves that make you want to reach out and caress it.”

New Renault Clio

Laurens van den Acker senior Vice president Corporate Design renault Simple Sensuous and Warm... The New Clio is a Car to Fall in Love with!

“Simple, sensuous and warm: these are the three words that sum up the design of Clio – just like that of DeZir. This is no coincidence, since the two vehicles were designed by the same team. New Clio is a five-door family car with the glamour of a three-door, and is all about passion. Thanks to the skills of our engineering teams, the end result matches our original vision.”

Renault Clio 2012

Antony Villain - Design Director, studio 1

New Clio is instantly recognisable thanks to its front-end styling which features a prominent Renault logo, set bold and upright against a gloss black background, a signature first seen on the DeZir concept car. This frontal treatment is made more distinctive still by the headlights units, which include chrome details, and LED daytime running lights.

Available exclusively in five-door form, New Renault Clio has a sporty silhouette, accentuated by the integrated rear door handles concealed close to the rear quarter lights.

New Renault Clio will be available from launch in a choice of eight body colours, four of which are new. One of these is the distinctive launch colour, Flame Red, which takes its inspiration from the DeZir concept car. Non-metallic finishes: Glacier White French blue* Inca Yellow* Flame Red** Mercury Grey Oyster Grey Metallic finishes: Ardent brown* Diamond black New Renault Clio will be available from launch in a choice of eight body colours, four of which are new. One of these is the distinctive launch colour, Flame Red, which takes its inspiration from the DeZir concept car. Non-metallic finishes: Glacier White French blue* Inca Yellow* Flame Red** Mercury Grey Oyster Grey Metallic finishes: Ardent brown* Diamond black * New colours ** A new ‘special effect’ finish inspired directly from that of the DeZir concept car balanced dynamic exterior proportions which express sportiness and confidence.

Renault designers paid particularly careful attention to achieving balanced proportions for New Clio. Standing at 4,062mm in length, 1,732mm wide (excluding mirrors) and 1,448mm tall, it sits 45mm closer to the ground than its predecessor. Meanwhile, the front and rear track have been significantly widened (by between 34 and 36mm). The lower ride-height ensures an assertive stance which is also beneficial to the car’s aerodynamics. pronounced shoulder lines make New Clio visually distinctive.

New Clio’s coupé-like silhouette is accentuated by the integrated rear door handles concealed close to the rear quarter lights.

The ratio of wheel-size to vehicle-height has been fine-tuned for a more dynamic look. The large-diameter wheels are pushed 15mm outwards compared with Clio III in order to fill and finish flush with the wheel arches. A steeply raked windscreen adds to this dynamic feel, as does the improved glass / body ratio when New Clio is seen from the side (one-third and two-thirds respectively).

A Modern, Welcoming, Occupant-Friendly Interior

“We wanted to capture the essence of an aircraft wing; a shape that is both light and strong. This was the reasoning behind the design of the dashboard. It produces an impression of energy, a dynamic flow which envelopes the driver with a blend of taut and fluid lines, combined with forms that are expressive and energising.”

Matteo piguzzi – interior Designer

The desire to combine beauty with functionality shows through clearly in numerous aspects of the interior design, from the dashboard in the shape of an aircraft wing, to the neat packaging of the multimedia systems in the centre console, the availability of stowage space throughout the cabin and careful attention to detail. The wide choice of colours and the use of chrome and gloss-black highlighting add to the warmth exuded by the cabin.

New Clio’s range of easily distinguishable equipment levels and interior trims provides customers with a choice of inspiring, exciting and status-enhancing ambiences.

Renault Clio Interior

A Choice of Finishes Each with it's own Personality

Each of the New Clio range’s equipment levels and trims has its own personality and ambience. The quality of the design and materials

(e.g. colour inserts in the upholstery) is apparent even in the case of the extensively-equipped entry-level version (height- and reachadjustable steering wheel, 60/40-split folding rear bench seat, electric front windows and mirrors, plus keyless entry and ignition – all of which are standard across the range). A lavishly-appointed, range-topping ‘initiale paris’ version will be added in 2013.

The exact specification and name of the different equipment levels will differ in some of New Clio’s markets.

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