Renault has released the first details about the 2013 Clio, ahead of its debut at the Paris Motor Show.
Described as the first full expression of the Renault "design renaissance," the model has a DeZir-inspired grille, sweptback headlights and muscular fenders. There's also gloss black trim, LED daytime running lights and integrated rear door handles.
The cabin is significantly improved with higher quality materials and updated technology. Notable highlights include a digital speedometer, piano black trim and metallic accents.
Most notability, the car can be equipped with an optional R-Link infotainment system which features a seven-inch touchscreen display with TomTom navigation, internet connectivity and access to the world's first automotive app store. Speaking of the latter, one of the apps - called Renault R-Sound Effect - can "simulate six different engine sound profiles, each with a specific, attractive signature and perfectly synchronized with driving parameters such as speed and acceleration."
If that sounds a little too advanced, the familiar Media Nav system is also available. It has a seven-inch touchscreen display with GPS navigation and Bluetooth/AUX/USB connectivity.
All Clios will also be offered with an optional Bass Reflex system which promises to deliver more powerful bass frequencies and less distortion.
Under the hood, a variety of engines will be available. First up, there's a turbocharged 900cc three-cylinder Energy TCe 90 that produces 90 PS (66 kW / 89 hp) and 135 Nm (100 lb-ft) of torque. It will enable the model to average 4.3 L/100km (54.7 mpg US / 65.7 mpg UK) with CO2 emissions of 99 g/km.
There will also be a new 1.5-liter four-cylinder Energy dCi 90 which produces 90 PS (66 kW / 89 hp) and 220 Nm (162 lb-ft) of torque. Owners can expect to average 3.2 L/100km (73.5 mpg US / 88.3 mpg UK) with CO2 emissions of 83 g/km.
Lastly, there will be a 1.2-liter four-cylinder TCe 120 which develops 120 PS (88 kW / 118 hp) and 190 Nm (140 lb-ft) of torque. The engine won't be available until the first half of 2013, but Renault says "it will be among the most powerful, yet most economical engines in its class."
Check out the press release for additional information