Renault has introduced an advanced E-TECH powertrain to one of its most successful models ever, giving buyers of the best-selling Clio more choice than ever with a broad spectrum of engine and powertrain options.
The Clio, Renault’s popular supermini, is the definition of a success story with 30 years of providing excellent value, comfort and enjoyment. More than 650,000 Clios have been sold in the UK in the last 30 years, and the latest All-New Clio is the most advanced yet with a choice of efficient petrol, diesel and hybrid engines, a five-star Euro NCAP crash safety rating and a broad range of well-equipped specifications.
The first Renault to be built on the modular CMF-B platform, the All-New Clio boasts evolutionary exterior design with a revolutionary interior featuring premium materials and the latest technology – including 9.3-inch EASY LINK touchscreen and crisp TFT Driver Information Display.
Further enhancing the appeal of the Clio is the advanced new E-TECH powertrain, introducing hybrid power to the Renault range for the first time. Debuting technology inspired by the Renault F1 team for energy optimisation and brake regeneration, all models fitted with E-TECH technology offer customers strong performance with low running costs, enhancing the driving experience and refinement of existing Clio models.
The All-New Clio range has expanded with the new E-TECH hybrid powertrain, making full use of the expertise gained from the Renault Formula 1 Team in its application.
Available across all Clio trim levels, the E-TECH hybrid powertrain offers a flexible option to customers looking for both efficiency and performance.
Technology that’s found in an E-TECH powertrain can be broken down into two categories; the first is the way in which energy use and recovery can be optimised, while the other is the application of an innovative multi-mode dog gearbox for the first time in a production vehicle.
The electrification of Clio has been easy thanks to the versatile CMF-B modular architecture that was designed from the start to accept electric capabilities. In addition, the compact E-TECH powertrain can also be mounted in the engine compartment of the Clio E-TECH Hybrid, ensuring there’s no compromise in practicality elsewhere.
The hybrid series-parallel architecture ensures there’s a wide range of combinations relating to engine operations and the most effective CO2 gains while in use on the road. All E-TECH powertrains offer three levels of energy regeneration and regenerative braking.
The Clio E-TECH Hybrid makes use of a new-generation 1.6-litre petrol engine accompanied by two electric motors – an “e-motor” and a High-voltage Starter Generator (HSG) with aninnovative multi-mode clutchless gearbox. This revolutionary combination provides smoother gear changes that results in superior fuel efficiency.
A 1.2kWh (230V) lithium-ion battery also features, allowing significant reductions in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, delivering the ability to complete 80 per cent of urban journeys in 100 per cent electric mode – selected via the MULTI-SENSE driving modes or a dedicated ‘EV’ button positioned on the dashboard.
The E-TECH powertrain automatically starts the car in electric mode, as the gearbox is clutchless – this means the engine does not need to be engaged when starting the vehicle. On start-up, the All-New Clio E-TECH Hybrid is responsive and refined with maximum torque but also maximum efficiency operating in electric mode.
The All-New Clio E-TECH Hybrid’s powertrain automatically adapts to the driving conditions and the way in which it is being driven – managing its power supply accordingly, as well as the battery regeneration opportunities.
The change from one mode to another is barely noticeable and requires no input from the driver – the E-TECH powertrain automatically decides the most appropriate mode for the situation to optimise efficiency and emissions, while continuing to deliver responsive and enjoyable driving.
Compared with an internal combustion engine, the All-New Clio E-TECH Hybrid saves up to 40 per cent in fuel and is capable of travelling up to 80 per cent of the time in electric mode.
This makes it an ideal companion for urban journeys as it will travel at speeds of up to around 27mph in electric mode. Emitting as little as 98g/km of CO2 (WLTP), the All-New Clio E-TECH Hybrid returns fuel economy of up to 64.2mpg.
A total output of 140hp makes this the most powerful All-New Clio in the range, completing the 0-62mph sprint in 9.9 seconds. A choice of modes selectable via the MULTI-SENSE menus, or buttons on the centre console,allow the driver to tweak the driving experience to one of the following modes:
MySense: Best for everyday use, My Sense offers the best compromise in terms of performance and economy, using as much electric power as possible, but in the most efficient way.
Eco: Uses a more measured mapping of the accelerator pedal and adapted gear changing for the most economical drive.
Sport: Engages the full system’s potential all the time for faster responses and the most rapid performance.
The All-New Clio E-TECH Hybrid is available across all main trim levels: Play, Iconic, S Edition and R.S. Line, plus an exclusive Launch Edition. That means buyers have ultimate choice over the level of equipment they desire.
However, all Clio E-TECH Hybrid models offer some unique features to mark it out from the rest of the range.
On top of the Clio’s distinctive, evolutionary exterior, features specific to those with an E-TECH powertrain under the bonnet include E-TECH badging on the B-pillar and boot-lid, plus the option of a Hybrid Blue pack that features blue detailing to exterior – such as across the front grille, on the lower edges of the doors and rear bumper and the centre of the alloy wheels. A unique graphic below the front fog lights distinguishes the E-TECH Launch Edition models.
E-TECH-specific features extend to the interior of Clio models fitted with the new hybrid powertrain, with subtle blue detailing running the width of the cabin in the air vents, around the gearlever, plus E-TECH badging. A unique light cabin environment is also available on S Edition and Launch Edition spec.
As with the rest of the Clio range, E-TECH Hybrid comes with the revolutionary interior that sets new standards in the supermini class with large, crisp display screens and premium finishes.
The Clio strikes a fine balance of comfort, technology and practicality, with eye-catching features. These include the large 9.3-inch EASY LINK touchscreen display, enveloping seats and striking ambient lighting in a choice of eight colours, with an ergonomic layout and driving position, enabling the driver to benefit from the superior refinement on offer.
All-New Clio E-TECH Hybrid models also come with a 7.0-inch TFT Driver Information Display, complemented by a 7.0- or 9.3-inch EASY LINK touchscreen display, dependent on trim level. The digital instrument cluster is unique to Clio E-TECH Hybrid models, displaying specific hybrid animations such as battery levels and energy flow, with a larger 10-inch version available. Everything from economy information to the full navigation map function can be displayed, giving the driver various options to personalise the interior experience.
The quality of materials is the best ever in the Clio, with a soft-touch dashboard top with a customisable centre panel that can be selected in a choice of colour packs. Premium materials for the heating and ventilation controls are found with satin finishes, while piano key buttons running along the bottom of the touchscreen give an upmarket lift and ease of access to key functions. A floating centre console gives the Clio’s interior a modern look with practicality benefits, housing a wireless smartphone charger and storage areas beneath.
The advanced hybrid’s clever packaging does not impede on the car’s overall pra
Priced from £19,595 OTR in Play specification, the Clio E-TECH Hybrid is available now