Renault continues the development of the next 2019 Clio supermini, with our spies catching a heavy camouflaged test car working its way around public roads.
The fifth generation of the French supermini will use an updated version of the current model’s CMF platform, with Renault wanting the Clio to become one of the most technologically advanced models in its segment.
Features like Level 2 autonomy and a mild-hybrid powertrain are expected to be offered from the get-go while some reports talks about a new plug-in hybrid version being added later in the range.
The semi-autonomous feature will probably use the same software and hardware with various Nissans, allowing the compact Clio to drive itself and with the driver ready to take control at all times.
While there are whispers of Renault ditching the diesel engines altogether for the next Clio, chances are that the new generation will continue offering them. The existing 0.9-liter TCe petrol will be replaced by a new 1.0-liter unit while the range is also expected to make use of the new 1.3-liter turbo petrol that was developed in conjunction with Daimler.
The interior will pack pretty much all the connectivity options available, featuring a large, portrait-style infotainment display, just like the bigger Megane does, with a digital instrument cluster also a possibility.
Design-wise, the new Renault Clio will adopt a cleaner look, taking styling cues from both the Megane and the Symbioz concept. The test car’s heavy camouflage doesn’t reveal much, apart from the rear doors still featuring hidden handles and a slightly shorter overhang at the rear for a more dynamic look.
The new Renault Clio is expected to make its debut at the Paris Auto Show, so expect to see a lot of test cars in the coming months with decreasing levels of camouflage applied.
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