2020 marks the 30th anniversary of the Renault Clio, the French supermini being one of the most successful models ever sold in Europe.
With more than 15 million units produced since the first version launched in 1990, until now Clio is still a symbol of the small car line of many Europeans, the existence of Clio is also a testament to the length of the French automaker’s history in general.
Renault Clio I
Designed to replace the already very successful Renault 5, the first generation Clio debuted at the 1990 Paris Motor Show.
In 1991, the model won the title of Car of the Year in Europe, with the experts being the best new car to be launched in the Old Continent thanks to “impressive styling, quality, spacious cabin space. and unprecedented equipment for a small model “.
The five-door 1.4-liter RT variant gets a remote center lock, power sunroof, radio and stereo cassette. Other versions include a 1.2-liter three-door, 1.9-liter, 1.8-liter RL diesel, powered by a 16-valve RSi and 2-liter Clio Williams, 148 hp.
Renault Clio II
Production of the Clio I ended in 1998, when Renault introduced the Clio II. With a new design and larger legroom, a more spacious cabin, larger seats and adjustable suspension for comfort.
Thanks to the use of new materials, the car is reduced in weight, because of some details such as the aluminum bonnet, the composite front fender and the polycarbonate headlight cover.
The Clio was the first subcompact model to be equipped with a front side airbag and ABS, and was also available with seat belts and power steering.
Engines with 1.2, 1.4 and 1.6 liter petrol engines or the optional 1.9 liter diesel engine, the Clio RS sports version produces up to 170 hp. The new 1.6-liter 16-valve petrol engine was introduced in 2000, and the later versions were upgraded with a 16-valve engine for increased efficiency and better fuel economy.
In 2000, the second generation Clio was updated with a revised instrument cluster and passenger airbags as standard. In 2001, Renault added more equipment such as new bumpers, optional xenon headlights, air conditioning system with digital display and GPS, plus the option of a new 1.5-liter turbodiesel engine. That same year, the rear-wheel drive Renault Sport Clio V6 mid-wheel drive was introduced with a 3-liter engine sourced from the Laguna factory, with 226 hp behind the front seats.
Many styling tweaks were made inside and out in 2004, and the Clio RS has been boosted to 179 hp and two chassis options, standard and Cup.
Renault Clio III
In 2005, Clio II was replaced by Clio III. The latest version comes with sharper styling, better interior quality, improved cabin space and more equipment. The car has a smart key and button start, along with a new GPS system, proactive cruise control with speed limiter.
The third-generation Clio is the first supercar to achieve a five-star Euro NCAP rating thanks to advanced passive and active safety.
A new version called the Sport Tourer, also introduced for this launch, with a longer wheelbase compared to the regular hatchback, the new Renault Sport variant was launched with 197 hp. .
Clio III was named Car of the Year in Europe in 2006.
Renault Clio IV
Inspired by DeZir and penned by Laurens van den Acker, the Clio IV was introduced in 2012 with a larger wheelbase, design and new technological features such as the infotainment system. R-Link touch screen and full LED front lights.
The engine lineup includes the regular TCe petrol and diesel dCi, the Clio RS version comes with a 197hp turbocharged 1.6-liter engine and a six-speed dual-clutch transmission.
Renault Clio V
Introduced at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show and put into production in the same year. The Clio V is rated five stars by Euro NCAP and is powered by a petrol and diesel engine and a new E-Tech self-charging hybrid powertrain.
The newest Renault supermini is equipped with a 9.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system and a 10-inch TFT driver information display, and the vehicle has improved interior space and comfort. with the largest trunk in the segment, at 391 liters.