The fourth generation Clio has been with us since 2012 and hasn’t aged badly at all. As the first model selected to usher in the French brand’s latest design ID four years ago, it’s perhaps not surprising that the current Clio is still looking fresh in face. Since its initial release, both the Captur and Kadjar SUVs have since followed suit in championing what is now a familiar and typically French style.
Time waits for no man and same is true in the motoring universe, but before the all-new Clio hatch breaks cover within the next couple of years, Renault are freshening up the existing model. Here’s what they’ve come up with.
The 2016 Clio sports a few subtle changes in the design department both front and rear. A new set of LED headlights including C-shaped DRLs in higher spec are smart new additions whilst the redesigned front grille with its enlarged lower section mirrors that of the all new Mégane. Meanwhile at the rear, the Clio’s bumper, lower trim and skirt section all get an understated but tasteful makeover.
On top of the existing array of paint options, four new body colours have been added to the refreshed Clio’s repertoire as well as a selection of new wheel and rim designs.
The changes aren’t just skin deep either. Adding to the current roster of engines, which includes two 1.2-litre petrol units and a turbocharged 0.9-litre option, the 2016 facelift introduces a more powerful version of the Clio’s existing 1.5-litre diesel. This 108bhp new arrival comes mated to a six-speed manual gearbox, with the same stick shift transmission also made available for the first time on the 1.2-litre turbo petrol edition.
New options inside the revamped Clio include three different connected multimedia systems, varying with trim level, and the addition of a BOSE sound system. As well as throwing in front parking sensors and a reverse parking camera, higher-end versions also get handsfree parking as standard.
We’re still waiting for Renault to confirm pricing and full details on specification for the facelifted 2016 Clio. All the requisite info should be available later in the summer before order books open in October.