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Renault Clio updated for 2017 – more tech and two new engines

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Following the unveiling of the updated RenaulSport Clio R.S. range-topper, Renault has taken the wraps off its facelifted regular Clio range.

At the front, the slightly rejigged front fascia consists of a new top grille, a lower grille which is now broader, full-LED headlights (model dependent) and C-shaped LED daytime running lights.

2017 renault clio rear quarter

At the back, the rear bumper has been redesigned and is accompanied by rear LED lights adopting a similar C-shaped design.

There is a new range of alloy wheel designs ranging from 16- to 18-inch.

Inside, the new Clio is said to benefit from the introduction of materials usually employed by Renault’s flagship models, including higher quality plastics and better seat fabrics. Its steering wheel, gear lever, as well as door panels have all been redesigned. The central air vents also sport a new look, whilst the LED interior lighting is said to produce a pleasant, warm glow. The seats have also been tweak for better lateral support.

2017 renault clio interior

A new customisation programme ensures the Clio comes in more than 30 different colour comibinations. Customers can choose from five roof decals (graded design or single colour) and painted door mirrors for a two-toned effect, as well as four exterior customization packs. There are also two new interior ambiences: Florida Red and Smoky Grey.

Of course, no makeover is complete without a range of new colours, which include: Mars Red, Titanium Grey, Frost White and Iron Blue.

In terms of connectivity, the new Clio is available with the R&GO system on entry level versions, Media Nav Evolution on the mid-range that brings a 7-inch touchscreen with built-in sat nav, and R-Link Evolution on the range topper.

2017 renault clio headlight

The updated model also introduces its first Hands Free Parking system (higher-end versions) that takes care of parallel, bay or diagonal parking.

Two new powertrains have been added to the new Clio: the 1.5 dCi 110 diesel and TCe 120 petrol, both paired with a 6-speed manual transmission.

The 1.5 dCi diesel produces 81kW at 4,000rpm and 260Nm of torque at 1,750rpm and is equipped with Stop & Start technology. The TCe 120 turbocharged petrol delivers 88kW of power and 205Nm of torque.

The updated Renault Clio range is expected to reach local showrooms later in the year.

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