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Renault Clio: Two turbo models, in time for Christmas

NEW CLIO EXPRESSION 88kW Turbo EDC
NEW CLIO BLAZE 66kW Turbo Limited Edition

Renault SA has added two sporty models to is Clio range – the 88kW Expression Turbo EDC and 66kW Blaze Limited Edition, “to tempt a new generation of motoring enthusiasts”.

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SINUOUS CURVES FOR RENAULT’S NEW CLIO: Renault’s top-selling model has evolved into a beautifully styled car over the past 25 years. Image courtesy of Renault / Quickpic

The Clio was launched at the 1990 Paris auto show and, Renault says, eventually became one of the brand’s top-selling models worldwide. It won the European Car of the Year title in 1991. Other awards and successes followed, most recently a place in the South African Guild of Motoring Journalists 2014 Car of the Year awards, won by a Porsche.

For the third year…

SO, THE NEW MODELS…

The Clio Expression has “a Formula 1 inspired” 1.2-litre, four-cylinder, 88kW/190Nm, turbo engine and a six-speed dual-clutch auto/manual gearbox which can take the car to 100km/h in 9.4sec and on to 199km/h. Combined fuel consumption is listed as 5.2 litres/100km. All pretty good data for a 1.2 engine.

The four-door hatchback comes with a 19cm touchscreen multimedia system with satnav, a leather-covered steering-wheel and gear shifter, aircon, 16″ alloy rims and front fog lights.

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BLACK IS THE THEME IN THE EXPRESSION: The four-door Expression hatchback comes with a 19cm touchscreen multimedia system. Image courtesy of Renault / Quickpic

The Clio Blaze Limited Edition has a 66kW turbo engine that, Renault says, “allows energetic acceleration from low speeds and avoids excessively frequent gear-changes”. Launch to 100km/h takes 12.2sec and the car can reach 182km/h while (Renault data) achieving 4.5 litres/100km’/h.

The “functional” cabin uses chrome and gloss-black to, Renault says, “make life easier”. The “wing-styled” facia has a central control panel, digital speedometer, height-adjustable driver’s seat (70mm range) and height- and reach-adjustable steering column.

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A BLAZE OF RED: Well, that’s the name of the model, anyway. Nice rims… Image courtesy of Renault / Quickpic

The car has Blaze-specific interior colour detail, leather-clad steering-wheel and gear shifter, exterior Blaze badging and 15” steel wheels with plastic covers.

Here’s how the cars’ technology pans out:

Clio’s MediaNav touchscreen multimedia system, the automaker says, has a wide range of practical functions that includes navigation, audio controls, Bluetooth phone connection, USB and an iPod port.

…and the driving assistance equipment and features

Anti-lock brakes with emergency pressure assistance and electronic pressure distribution
Electronic stability control
Hill-start assistance
Driver, passenger and side crash bags
Three IsoFix child-seat anchors
Cruise control with speed limiter
Hands-free Renault access
Power front window lifts / external mirror adjustment
60/40 split folding rear bench seat

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ADD SOME GLOSS, LADIES: The 2015 Renault Clio Blaze models really shines with shiny black on the facia and red elements on the steering-wheel. Image courtesy of Renault / Quickpic

PRICES
Clio Expression 88kW Turbo EDC – R234 900
Metallic paint – R2500
Clio Blaze Limited Edition 66kW Turbo – R179 900
Metallic pains – R2500
Touchscreen satnav – R6000

Both models will be sold with a five-year or 150 000km mechanical warranty, a three-year or 45 000km service plan and a six-year anti-rust warranty.

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