By Ronan Glon
Thursday, Sep 27th, 2012 @ 5:51 am
 

The fourth-generation 2013 Renault Clio made its world debut at the Paris Motor Show this morning.

Heavily inspired by the DeZir concept car that bowed at the 2010 Paris Motor Show, the Clio's front end features a large Renault lozenge in the center of the grille and angular headlights with a rather complex-looking interior design. The seemingly-obligatory rows of LED lights are discreetly mounted inside the grille.

The sides and the rear of the car are softly sculpted and the next Clio has a more fluid silhouette than that of the current model.

The fourth-gen Clio's rear door handles are integrated into the C-pillar. This gives the five-door hatchback a three-door look and partially makes up for the fact that Renault will not offer the car as a three-door hatchback, marking a first in the nameplate's long history.

With both digital and analog instrumentation, the cockpit is modern and driver-oriented. The dashboard was inspired by the wing of an airplane and can be ordered in red, black, brown or white at no extra cost.

The next Clio inaugurates a new infotainment system called R-Link that allows passengers to surf the web and download applications. After debuting in the Clio, the integrated tablet will gradually make its appearance on the dashboard of other Renault models.

Technically speaking, the entry-level engine is a brand-new 900cc three-cylinder gasoline mill that makes 90 horsepower and 99 lb-ft. of torque thanks to a small turbocharger. Customers will be able to choose between two five-speed manual transmissions; one is geared normally and the other has extra long gears to achieve better gas mileage. A six-speed dual-clutch EDC unit will be offered on more powerful models.

Renault's time-tested 1.5-liter dCi turbodiesel is evidently available and the automaker is planning a RenaultSport-badged variant that will be powered by an evolution of the 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that is found in the Nissan Juke.

Renault has confirmed that the fourth-generation Clio will not be available as a three-door but that doesn't mean that it will only be available as a five-door hatch. France's Le Figaro reports that the automaker will launch a station wagon variant that will retain the same wheelbase as the hatchback.

The fourth installment of the Clio is scheduled to hit European showrooms shortly before the end of the year. Pricing information will be released closer to its launch.

Live images by Ronan Glon.