Evolution and tradition: the five generations of the Renault Clio

The last generation took some ideas that were successful in the first (Renault) The last generation took some ideas that were successful in the first (Renault)

There are cars that are born with a separate angel. Just as the Ford EcoSport paved the way for small SUVs, the first generation of the Renault Clio has become a precursor in its segment and several manufacturers have taken up concepts to develop their competitors.

From its first appearance in 1990, the Clio became a Groupe Renault bestseller around the world, with more than 15 million units sold. In addition, throughout its history, it has been honored twice by the European “Car Of The Year” award, awarded by an international jury of journalists.

Over the years, Renault has managed to preserve the DNA that made the popularity of its famous compact, and today the fifth generation is now available, which the brand describes as “more Clio than ever”.

The fifth generation launches a hybrid version (Renault) The fifth generation launches a hybrid version (Renault)

Even more modern, The Clio V combines the characteristics of the four previous generations that make up the series. Like the first, it has technologies that appear in vehicles of the upper segment. From the second and third, it finds the high standards of habitability, comfort and quality. The Clio IV inherited an innovative design and a tradition of “safe vehicle”, having obtained five EuroNCAP stars.

First generation (1990-1998)

The Renault Clio I was an icon of the 90s (Renault) The Renault Clio I was an icon of the 90s (Renault)

Emerged from project named “X57”, The new Clio was to replace the successful Renault 5. The brand wanted to offer a more modern model with similar characteristics and finally in 1990 it went on sale in 3 and 5 door bodies.

During its marketing, underwent two restyling, one in 1994, and the last in 1996, thus distinguishing three phases, They had a different aesthetic which was reflected in the design of the light groups, front and exterior mirrors.

The Williams version showed all the sportiness of the model (Renault) The Williams version showed all the sportiness of the model (Renault)

Chosen in 1991 as “Car of the Year in Europe”, the first generation featured a variety of unique engines. The most iconic was the one fitted to the Clio Williams, which was fitted with a 2.0 16-valve that reached a power of 143 horsepower and a torque of 185 Nm at 4,500 rpm. With this mechanical assembly, this variant reaches 215 km / h maximum speed and 0 to 100 in 7.8 seconds.

Second generation (1998-2006)

In the region, with many changes, it was marketed until 2016 (Renault) In the region, with many changes, it was marketed until 2016 (Renault)

The second generation of the Clio has changed dramatically compared to its predecessor. The main difference was seen in the more angular headlights, the dashboard, the incorporation of the Renault logo on the tailgate and various technological advancements.

The Clio II was sold until August 2012 in some places in Europe like Campus. The last version of Campus II was called, in honor of the end of its sales in Europe after 14 years, “Clio Campus Bye Bye”. In our region, it continued to be marketed for a long time under the name Clio Mío in Argentina and Brazil, Clio Style in Colombia and Panama and Clio Campus in Uruguay.

The last Renault Clio II in the world was Colombian. After the end of its production in Argentina at the end of 2016, the last Clio Style left the factory at the Renault-Sofasa plant in Envigado (Colombia).

This model had a totally radical version with a 24-valve V6 engine (Renault) This model had a totally radical version with a 24-valve V6 engine (Renault)

Like its predecessor, it had multiple engines, but there was one that stood out from the rest. The V6 version had a 3.0-liter 24-valve turbine that developed around 254 horsepower and reached a maximum of 250 km / h.

Third generation (2006-2012)

Although phase II with other developments was present until 2016, the third generation began to be released in the European market at the end of 2005. Completely new compared to its predecessor, this example shared a platform- form with the Nissan Micra, the result of a collaboration between the French and Japanese brand. This generation, like the first, received in 2006 the mention of “Car of the Year in Europe”.

This generation began to share a platform with the Nissan Micra (Renault) This generation began to share a platform with the Nissan Micra (Renault)

In early 2009, the restyling arrived with mechanical, technological and safety improvements. At the end of 2010, the process for the arrival of a new generation began. The range of versions began to decrease and in October 2012 the cycle was closed, after the presentation at the Paris Motor Show of the Clio IV.

Fourth generation (2012-2019)

The change from its predecessor was noticeable. It was a shorter and wider vehicle and its silhouette was altered with major changes in the front and rear. In addition, it had much sharper lines and a sportier look that was linked to the last generation of the Mégane.

This model has been sold in a few countries in the region (Renault) This model has been sold in a few countries in the region (Renault)

As for propellants, it debuted on gasoline and diesel engines, abandoning almost all those used by the previous generation. The power range that could be found among all the variants was from 90 hp in the 0.9-liter three-cylinder, up to the 200 hp offered by the RS version.

Fifth generation (2020)

The big novelty of this generation is the interior with a digital layout on the dashboard with a screen that can be 7 or 10 inches with all the necessary information for the driver. In turn, the multimedia system adds another screen with a vertical distribution of 9.3 inches, which has become the largest fitted on a Renault model.

The range of engines will be very wide with the arrival of a hybrid version (Renault) The range of engines will be very wide with the arrival of a hybrid version (Renault)

According to the brand, inside, designers worked on the steering wheel and seats to generate greater comfort for the occupants. On the outside, it has adopted a few changes compared to its predecessor. At the front it incorporated ribs in the hood, the bumper was widened and added a more expressive grille to give it a more sporty look.

The new Clio has a full range of petrol and diesel engines with outputs covering a wide range from 65 to 130 hp. In addition and for the first time in the Renault group, a hybrid engine called E-TECH will be offered. With it, a total of nine motor / gearbox combinations will be available so that everyone can choose the configuration that best suits their use.

All the evolution of the Renault Clio which has had 30 years of life (Renault) All the evolution of the Renault Clio which has had 30 years of life (Renault)

“The fifth generation of Clio is very important to us because it is the best-seller in its segment and the second best-selling vehicle in Europe, all categories combined. It is an icon, the latest creation in the Clio saga, bringing together the best of previous generations. The exterior design has deeply won over our customers and continues to do so. For this reason, we have decided to preserve its genes and give it more modernity and elegance. The interior is undergoing a revolution thanks to the noticeable improvement in perceived quality, greater sophistication and a strong technological presence. He is the best of the Clios ”declared on the day of his launch, the charismatic Laurens van den Acker, director of industrial design for the Renault group.

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