Renault has introduced at home in France the more luxurious "Initiale Paris" trim for the Clio supermini.

Renault has introduced at home in France the more luxurious "Initiale Paris" trim for the Clio supermini.

Back in May last year, Renault announced plans for an upper-spec Initiale Paris equipment level and now the first model to receive the more premium treatment is the Clio which in France kicks off at €21,500. The configurator is now online and perhaps the most significant exterior change is the adoption of sleeker LED daytime running lights which have been moved from the center grille into the headlights.

In addition, the fog lights and exhaust tip have a different look while the fresh 17-inch alloy wheels are available in three finishes: ivory, gray and black frost. Inside the cabin there's a two-tone upholstery with "Initiale Paris" lettering on the seats and steering wheel. The only extra equipment available inside is a panoramic roof priced at €400 while the other remaining optional feature is the €120 spare wheel.

The base model is powered by a three-cylinder 0.9-liter TCe turbocharged engine with 90 HP (66 kW) but customers can upgrade to a beefier 1.2-liter TCe with 120 HP (88 kW) mated to the six-speed EDC gearbox priced from €23,600. On the diesel side there's only a 1.5-liter dCi with 90 HP available with either a five-speed manual gearbox (from €23,800) or with an EDC (from €25,200).

A proper presentation of the Renault Clio Initiale Paris will likely occur early next month at the Paris Motor Show.

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