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Frankfurt first look: Renault Clio - due October

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Renault describes the new Clio as “the small car with big car refinements”. Its strategy is to load the hatchback with good basic standard equipment and safety systems, yet keep it competitively priced (£8,895-12,650).

The five-door version won’t be available until January 2006, but deliveries of the three-door, which accounts for 75% of UK Clio sales, begin on October 15.

Buyers wanting petrol power can choose between a 1.2-, 1.4- and 1.6-litre. For diesel-lovers, the Clio can be ordered with a 1.5dCi engine in three different states of tune: 70bhp, 85bhp and 105bhp. A RenaultSport version will follow next year.

Four trim levels are offered, from the entry-level Extreme, through Expression, Dynamique to the sporty Dynamique S. Core specification includes variable assisted power equipment, CD-player, tinted windows and an additional 12v power supply. All three-door Clios have at least six airbags, ABS with EBD and brake assist, ISOFIX child seat mountings and achieve five-star EuroNCAP occupant protection rating for adults and four stars for children.

The 1.4 Dynamique is expected to be the most popular variant, priced at £10,750 including air-con. The combination of value, style and equipment will ensure the Clio stays in the UK’s top 10 sellers list.

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