New Renault Clio Packed with Innovations







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

New renault Clio is poised to shake up the market by bringing a number of technological innovations to a much wider audience. true to tradition, it also establishes a new benchmark for its class in terms of its performance and equipment packages. On the multimedia front, New Clio packs an unprecedented double punch for this level of range, while audio quality has been boosted by the introduction of the renault Bass reflex system, not to mention the availability of a reversing camera among the long list of equipment…

Renault Clio Technology

Advanced Bluetooth® Radio From The Entry Level Version

New Renault Clio features a range of Bluetooth® radios with audio streaming. Occupants can enjoy music stored on portable players and also benefit from hands-free use of their telephone. The radio has access to numbers stored on the driver's cell phone (depending on telephone), while the car is equipped with its own microphone. sound processing quality has been optimised and all radios come with a jack socket and a UsB port to charge and scroll through the menus of portable music players and cell phones.

Media NAV: Essential Multimedia Functions

New renault Clio proposes a choice of all-new multimedia solutions. built into the centre console, the MeDiA NAV system provides all the basic multimedia functions and is standard equipment for two of the model's three equipment levels. Thanks to its seven-inch (18cm) touchscreen display, it is intuitive to use and, in addition to the radio, includes Bluetooth® connectivity for audio streaming and hands-free telephony. Portable music players can be connected via the fasciamounted USb port or jack socket. MEDIA NAV also incorporates Nav N Go navigation with 2D and 3D (birdview) display. The UsB port and a dedicated web interface make it easy to update NAVTEQ maps.

Renault R-Link: AN Integrated Tablet Connected To The Car AND The Internet (Available At A Later Date)

Having been first on the market with notable innovations such as steering wheel-mounted remote control of the radio (1982, R11 Electronic) and in-car navigation (1994, Safrane); after bringing keyless entry to volume cars (in 2001) and GPS navigation with high-resolution graphics (Carminat TomTom®, priced at under €500 for Clio in 2009); and having launched on-board connected navigation in the shape of Carminat TomTom® LIVE for Clio, renault continues its stream of innovations with renault r-Link.

Available as an option for New Clio, Renault R-Link will certainly appeal to technically-minded motorists and provides a bridge between the vehicle and the connected world outside thanks to:

  • A large seven-inch (18 cm) touchscreen display, intuitive voice commands and, a market first, a home page that can be personalised by the user for safe, simple access to key functions, without the driver having to take his or her eyes off the road.
  • A menu with six icons which provide access to the six main functions: Navigation, Multimedia, Phone, Vehicle, Services and Applications, and System.
  • TomTom® connected navigation including LIVE services: the market's best real-time traffic information service, minimisation of journey times and fuel consumption, plus Coyote Series alerts.
  • A connection with the car's own electronic systems permits access to an advanced eco-driving function (Driving eco²) which analyses the driver's behaviour and provides advice to help reduce fuel consumption.
  • renault r-Link store, the automobile world's first ever evolving Application Store. Users can easily view or download a comprehensive selection of apps from their car or computer (via 'MyRenault'). key functions and information available on the centre console

Renault R-Link's user-friendly seven-inch (18cm) touchscreen display forms an integral part of the modern centre console and provides a full range of multimedia functions (navigation, radio, bluetooth® telephony and audio-streaming, connectivity for portable music players, connected services, 'eco' driving, etc.) in one place for maximum comfort and enjoyment.

Renault R-Link ensures that information is available as and when it is needed, thereby avoiding the driver having to take his or her eyes off the road. Renault R-Link's touchscreen display permits fingertip control which doubles up with the steering wheel-mounted remote controls for the audio and telephone functions. Renault R-Link can also be controlled using intuitive voice commands to dictate the address of a destination for navigation purposes, for example, or to call up different functions using instructions such as 'telephone', 'apps', 'send an e-mail', etc. This facility makes use of the system even more practical and safer. The Text To Speech function (TTS) permits messages or RSS feeds to be read out loud.

Renault Clio Technology 2012

r-Link apps cover a wide range of useful functions:

  • Communication: e-mails, social networking, web navigation, etc.
  • Journey optimisation: TomTom® LIVE services (HD Traffic®, speed control warnings [where authorised], TomTom Places, weather forecasts, Coyote Series alerts [where available], fuel prices, location of parking places, etc.).
  • practical information: personal phone numbers, Yellow Pages, hotels, restaurants, etc. • Mobility: multi-mode journey planning, public transport.
  • Budget guides: 'by-the-kilometre' insurance, Renault tips, etc.
  • Vehicle information: monitoring of vehicle servicing, owner manual, etc. •entertainment and leisure: games, information, travel information, engine sound profile, personalisation, etc.
  • professional use: fleet Managers will benefit from services for their business needs thanks to the vehicle connections The apps developed for Renault R-Link are adapted for use by motorists, either by ensuring they are simple to use or by restricting access to certain functions while on the move. For example, functions which are overly interactive or long to use may only be used when the vehicle is at a standstill.

The catalogue of apps will cover a large spectrum of uses, extending from journey optimisation (TomTom LIVE services, fuel prices, location of parking places) and vehicle information (the monitoring of servicing, etc.), to budget guides ('by-the-kilometre' insurance, Renault tips, etc.), practical help (phone numbers, Yellow Pages, etc.), communications (e-mails, social networking, R-Tweet app) and entertainment/leisure (travel information, etc.) and emergency calls.

Renault's intention is to make r-Link store the benchmark automotive app store. To achieve this, it has favoured an open innovation strategy

founded on input from major partners and development companies, as well as from start-ups which are brimming over with exciting ideas in the field of connected services and apps for automotive use. Partners in France include Pages Jaunes, La Poste, I-Dispo, Elle, balumpa, Michelin, Falk, Métro, Euronews, La Fourchette, Apila and NavX.

3D Sound BY Arkamys®

All versions of New Renault Clio equipped with R-Link also benefit from 3D sound by Arkamys®. Thanks to special digital signal processing software, this system adds depth and texture to listening pleasure thanks to spatial positioning of the sound. Drivers can select where sound is to be directed in the cabin: for their ears only, for front occupants only or for all occupants.

Plus Basic Multimedia Functions

To cater for the rapidly expanding use of portable music players, R-Link is equipped with bluetooth® audio and telephony connectivity, as well as a USb port and a jack input.

Bringing Innovation To The Widest Possible Audience

"New Renault Clio takes the attention paid to the details which influence travelling comfort to new heights. As is always the case at Renault, the difference stems from an ability to draw together a package of functions that are either unprecedented or only seen previously in higher superior segments, and then deliver them in a simple, straightforward way. The equipment and services available for New Clio could well change the face of everyday motoring."

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Safe

For enhanced safety and driving pleasure, nearly all the engines available for New Renault Clio incorporate hill start assist. When the driver lifts his or her foot from the brake pedal on a slope, the system – which is connected to the ESC – holds the vehicle stationary for two seconds, allowing the driver to pull away without the vehicle moving backwards. Every version of New Clio is equipped with esC, Asr traction control, ABs and emergency brake assist, as well as more direct variablerate electric power steering which ensures a level of agility that is particularly appreciable in built-up areas. The standard equipment list also includes cruise control with speed limiter, while New Clio comes with 'motorway-mode' indicators, an extremely practical feature which produces three flashes of the indicator when preparing to overtake by lightly moving the indicator stalk.

Practical

New Renault Clio is an entirely keyless car. The key is replaced by an electronic card (depending on equipment level) which locks and unlocks the doors and permits the engine to be started without the driver removing the card from his or her pocket, bag, wallet, etc.

All versions of New Clio come with a height – and reach – adjustable steering wheel. The long list of standard equipment is rounded off by electric, heated door mirrors, and electric front windows.

New Clio occupants benefit from plenty of practical stowage space located throughout the cabin:

  • A tray in front of the gear lever which can hold items like a portable music player, mobile phone or portable CD player.
  • A large seven-litre glove box capable of containing a 1.5-litre bottle of water.
  • A 1.2-litre tray situated above the glove box.
  • two easy-to-access cup holders and additional stowage for small items between the seats at the foot of the centre console.
  • stowage in the optional central armrest (almost one litre).
  • Bins in each door designed to contain a 1.5-litre bottle of water. A single switch allows all the windows of New Renault Clio to be demisted at the same time, while the climate control system has been improved to run even more quietly and more efficiently than that of Clio III.

A car which takes care of its occupants…

Certain versions of New Clio are equipped with automatic climate control complete with an active charcoal/carbon pollen filter and a toxicity sensor designed to prevent fine particles (pollen, dust, particulates) and pollutants (exhaust fumes, odours) from entering the cabin. When pollution is detected, the system – which is entirely controlled by the automatic climate control system – responds by switching off the fan.

The introduction of the R-Link system has made it possible to bestow New Clio with a reversing camera which is located in the middle of the rear Renault logo. The image is shown on the multimedia screen and displays a dynamic graphic guide which varies as a function of the steering wheel position.This option is coupled with parking sensors that warn the driver when the car is getting close to an obstacle by altering the frequency of audible beeps. In the case of New Clios equipped with Renault R-Link, the display uses coloured zones (green, yellow, red) to indicate the position of obstacles. A reversing camera will be available at a later date for Media-Nav (fixed graphic guide).

and the environment

Other technical innovations include the fitment of active flaps positioned in front of the radiator (certain versions only). New Clio is the first b-segment car to employ this technique which helps to reduce fuel consumption by adjusting the flow of air through the radiator (which generates drag) as a function of the cooling needs of the moment. In this way, the car's drag is permanently optimised to minimise fuel consumption. In normal running conditions, or in fast-flowing traffic

(e.g. on a motorway), closure of the flaps permits a fuel saving of approximately 0.1 litres/100km at a stable speed of 130kph. R-Sound Effect: Change The Engine Note In A Click

The r-sound effect app for Renault R-Link has seen Renault invent a means to personalise the engine sound. This new feature allows New Clio's occupants to enjoy the engine sound selected by the driver. This custom sound varies as a function of the car's speed and acceleration and is played through the vehicle's loudspeakers. It is possible to choose between the sound of a Renault Sport race car, a V6 engine or four other realistic engine sounds simply by clicking on the Renault R-Link's display. The algorithm which controls this function takes engine speed, vehicle speed and position of the accelerator pedal into account to reproduce the sound with striking realism. Parameters such as volume are easy to adjust using the touchscreen display.

A World First: The Renault Bass Reflex System

All versions of New Renault Clio are equipped with a clever sound system integrated into the front doors' loudspeakers. Known as renault Bass reflex, this system delivers the volume and listening enjoyment of a 30-litre home speaker enclosure. Occupants are sure to appreciate this technology which delivers more powerful bass frequencies, while at the same time pushing back saturation and distortion thresholds. The system is based on the use of vents – or ports – in the enclosure and its application is a world first for the automotive industry.

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