Renault is bringing the heat on the Volkswagen Polo, Ford Fiesta and other B-segment hatchbacks with the fifth generation Clio.
The exterior images released by the automaker only a day after they detailed the cabin reveal an evolutionary styling, which is nonetheless entirely new.
The front end of the car has a bigger grille, a more muscular hood, new bumper and LED headlights with incorporated C-shaped DRLs that resemble those of the Megane. The taillights feature a C-shaped signature as well and the Clio’s sleek profile has been enhanced.
Compared to the outgoing model, the Clio V is 14 mm (0.55 in) shorter and the body has been lowered by 30 mm (1.18 in) to improve the aerodynamic. However, despite being slightly smaller, the CMF-B platform has allowed for a clever packaging, which opens up more space for occupants. The boot space has increased by 26 liters (0.92 cu-ft), to 391 liters (13.8 cu-ft) with the rear seats in position and is, according to Renault, the largest in the segment.
Keeping future buyers warm until the all-new Clio RS arrives will be the RS Line. The trim replaces the GT-Line and adds a sportier look to the car, with an F1-like blade, special honeycomb grille, more athletic rear end and new 17-inch wheels.
Inside, the Clio RS Line features sports seats with reinforced support, a perforated leather steering wheel, aluminum pedal set, carbon-style inserts and red customization touches.
The 2020 Clio will become available in 10 exterior colors, including the new Valencia Orange and Celadon Blue, with three customization packs.
The engine lineup has yet to be detailed, but it’s very likely that the Renault will soon reveal the powertrains available at launch and others that will join the lineup further down the road, such as the already announced hybrid.