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Renault reveals next generation Clio

Renault has revealed the first details of its fourth generation Clio ahead of its debut at the Paris Motor Show in September.

The new model has only been revealed as a five-door so far and it sits on a wider track with Renault going for more of a sporty stance than the current Clio.

View all images of the next-generation Clio in the AM gallery section.

The new Clio will be the first Renault to benefit from a range of fresh downsized engines, starting with a three-cylinder petrol unit, which Renault claims gives the performance of a 1.4-litre engine despite only displacing 899cc. A low-inertia turbo helps push out 89bhp and 100lb ft, while standard stop-start cuts consumption.

There'll be an eco-focused version with taller gear ratios which will be road tax exempt with CO2 emissions of just 99g/km. The three-pot marks a 21% efficiency improvement over the powerplant it replaces.

Higher up the power scale is a four-cylinder 1.2-litre petrol, good for 118bhp and 140lb ft, figures comparable with a 1.6 engine, says Renault. Paired with Renault's new EDC (Efficient Dual Clutch gearbox), this powertrain will be on sale in early 2013.

There will also be a 1.5-litre diesel with 89bhp and CO2 emissions as low as 83g/km. The model features an eco-mode which can improve efficiency by 10%.

The new Clio is continuing with Renault’s association with inbuilt TomTom navigation and there will also be a seven-inch touchscreen display incorporated into the dashboard.

Customers will be able to customise their Clio with door mirror housings, grille bars, rear panel skirts, lower door protectors, wheel finishes and a choice of roof graphics.

There will also be customisation options for the dashboard, door panels, steering wheel, grab handles, gear lever surround, air vent surrounds, upholstery materials and optional floor mats.

The new Clio is expected to go on sale towards the end of this year and prices will be revealed closer to launch.

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