Several months have passed since we first saw the all-new Renault Clio undergoing tests in prototype form. This however, is our best look at it yet.
While it still features a full body wrap, the padded camouflage that used to be on the doors and fenders has disappeared, giving us a better idea of the Clio’s shape. There won’t be any radical changes, as you can see. The silhouette of the car is very similar to that of the current model, and it continues to feature hidden handles for the rear doors.
Obviously, the biggest modifications will take place at the front and rear ends, which will be brought in line with the Renault Megane styling-wise, while also borrowing cues from the Symbioz study. Sadly, the spy photos also reveal that the Clio will carry on with drum brakes on the rear axle — at least in base specification.
The fifth-generation Clio’s cabin will echo the design of the Megane as well, thanks to a portrait-style touchscreen at the center of the dashboard. A digital instrument panel is also in the cards, at least as an option.
The new Clio will use an updated version of the current model’s CMF-B architecture, which also underpins the Nissan Micra. Expect the engine lineup to consist of the ubiquitous 1.5 dCi turbodiesel as well as 1.0- and 1.3-liter turbocharged gasoline units — the latter developed by Renault-Nissan and Daimler.
There’s talk of mild-hybrid and plug-in hybrid options as well, but those won’t arrive from launch. While the next-generation Opel Corsa will offer an all-electric variant, the Clio won’t – so that it avoids stealing sales from the Zoe.
Technology-wise, the 2019 Renault Clio is likely to offer the brand’s newest assistance features, including a Level 2 semi-autonomous driving system. According to recent reports, the all-new Clio will arrive in early 2019, which means a world debut at the Geneva Motor Show is more than likely.