The Clio Mk4 isn’t that old, but the automaker is already considering a successor, one that is apparently just two years away from showing its new design.
According to AutoExpress, the next generation of the French supermini will arrive in 2018, with an exterior design that will mirror the one of the latest Megane and a revolutionary interior, with higher quality materials, improved ambiance and the latest technology features.
“Our customers look at the exterior and go ‘woah’, but then they look at the interior and go ‘huh?’. We need to make sure our next interiors live up to the standards of the exterior. We have more people working on interiors than ever before, and we are pushing a revolution“, said Renault’s head of design, Laurens van den Acker. “It used to be that just luxury cars had all of the tech for a long time, but now it will take just one or two years before the latest systems filter down to smaller models.“
The 2019 Renault Clio is said to gain a larger and more responsive portrait-style touchscreen display, with haptic feedback, but the automaker doesn’t rule out gesture controls either, and word on the street has it that autonomous safety systems are on the list as well.
Moreover, the upcoming model could also feature a mild hybrid tech, similar to the one seen on the latest Scenic: “We want to add electrification that’s affordable. It means we give the customer just enough to deliver low CO2″, explained the diamond brand’s Executive Vice President for Product Planning, Bruno Ancelin.