Renault has finally brought the first test cars of the all-new 2019 Clio supermini model on public roads, giving us a first look at the future Ford Fiesta and VW Polo rival.
The fifth generation Renault Clio is expected to become one of the most advanced and fuel efficient models in its segment, once it debuts reportedly at the Paris Auto Show this September.
The new Renault Clio will be based on an updated version of the current model’s CMF architecture, which is also used by the Nissan Micra.
New hybrid version to claim the spotlight
The petrol engine range will include the turbocharged 0.9-liter unit, as well as the recently announced new turbocharged 1.3-liter units that were developed with Daimler. It’s unclear yet whether Renault will offer any diesel-powered versions.
The real highlight of the engine range will be a new mild-hybrid powertrain, complete with a 48-volt electrical architecture, which will probably use the aforementioned 1.3-liter turbo engine along with a small electric motor.
A cleaner, more futuristic shape
The exterior design of the new Renault Clio will take cues from the Symbioz concept, as well as its bigger brother, the Megane. The test car is rather heavily disguised, letting only its front end somewhat exposed, revealing the French automaker’s latest design choices. The handles on the rear doors will remain hidden while the rear end is expected to get a cleaner shape in order to give the five-door only Clio a more dynamic and emotional look.
What about the cabin?
The biggest changes however are expected to take place inside the new Renault Clio. The overhauled dashboard is set to get a large, portrait-oriented touchscreen display for the infotainment system, which will provide all the connectivity options while the materials will be upgraded as well to rival those of the best in the class.
The new French supermini model is also going to offer Level 2 autonomous capabilities, becoming the first car in its class to offer such a feature.
If the 2019 Renault Clio is indeed heading to Paris this September for its world debut, then expect to see these test cars shedding a lot of their camouflage in the coming months.