The five-door version of the all-new Renault Clio has been spied testing in full prototype form for the first time. It was caught while testing in cold weather conditions.
The man responsible for the design of the new Clio is design chief Laurens van den Acker who defected from Mazda in 2009. It will feature styling inspired by the DeZir sports car concept that was first seen at the 2010 Paris motor show. The Renault Clio and its inspiration certainly don't have many similarities at first glance so it will be interested to see how the new design language transfers over to the new model.
The body of the prototype seen here features quite a bulky hood and a huge air intake that runs across the bottom of the front fascia. It features integrated fog lights and is a little more aggressive than we would have expected in early prototypes but definitely not unwelcomed.
The prototype also appears to be missing handles for the rear passenger doors and makes it look more like a three-door from certain angles, but they are in fact hidden within the C-pillars .
Power options will start with a 0.9-liter three-cylinder engine with approximately 90hp ( 67 kW / 91 PS ) and a new 1.2-liter TCE with around 112hp ( 83 kW / 113 PS ). A turbo charged RenaultSport Clio will also be offered further down the line, but little is known about about its power unit at such an early stage of development.
Look for the new generation Renault Clio to be unveiled for the first time at the Paris Motor Show in the fall.