Spy photos from Southern Europe show Renault is preparing a mid-cycle refresh for the Clio supermini.
On sale since fall 2012, the fourth-generation Clio is preparing to go through a mild makeover to keep the model fresh and competitive in the challenging supermini segment. The front fascia appears to draw inspiration from the new Megane IV, but so far we are not seeing those fancy L-shaped daytime running lights. As a matter of fact, there are some images circulating the web with the new design of the headlights and those pics show the LED strip integrated in the revised headlight design. If those images are the real deal, it means the L-shaped daytime running lights seen on bigger Renaults won’t trickle down to the Clio.
As it’s the case with most facelifts nowadays, the side profile will be carried over virtually unchanged. The rear end remains masked under the funky camouflage, but you can already see the slightly different graphics for the taillights. A resculpted rear bumper is likely on the agenda as well, but nothing to write home about. Some new body paint schemes and fresh alloy wheel designs will round off the exterior novelties.
Photos of the interior cabin are not available in this set, although in some of the images you can see the upper part of the dashboard. It remains to be seen whether the Clio facelift will make the switch to the new infotainment system implemented in the more expensive Megane, but we can at least tell you the prototype had the current setup which we believe will soldier on. Don’t hold your breath for the compact hatchback’s digital instrument cluster since that would prove to be too fancy for the much cheaper Clio.
In terms of power, it’s not known at this point if Renault will make some adjustments to its engines. Perhaps some tweaks to slash emissions are in the works now that most of today’s car manufacturers are looking for ways to come out with engines that are less harmful to the environment.
Look for an official debut of the 2017 Renault Clio facelift in both hatchback and wagon flavors early October at the Paris Motor Show, with sales to commence shortly thereafter.