Mid-life boost for Renault’s GT-Line performance hatch

  • Sporty GT model joins Clio 4 range
  • Turbo engine, fresh body features
  • For the first time, a six-speed gearbox
NEW IN THE CLIO STABLE: Image: Renault SA
NEW IN THE CLIO STABLE: Image: Renault SA

JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – The current fourth-generation Renault Clio has added a GT-Line model to celebrate the mid-life point of the model’s production run with a “distinctive” refreshed exterior and revised interior styling – and some innovative technology.

The Clio 4 has been around in South Africa since April 2013 and, the automaker says, has achieved more than 20 000 sales since then thanks, Renault says, “to its iconic design & smart technology”.

NEW IN THE CLIO STABLE: Image: Renault SA
NEW IN THE CLIO STABLE: Image: Renault SA

The Clio GT-Line has an 88kW turbopetrol engine; its maker first showed the model range back in 1990 and since then a Clio has twice been voted European Car of the Year (1991 and 2006) and sold more than 13-million units globally nearly 63 000 of them in South Africa.

Changes added with the arrival of the GT-Line include, Renault SA says, a new grille and C-shaped signature lighting. The lower re-proportioned grille is now broader the rear skirt “has been re-designed to enhance robustness”.

BIG ALLOY RIMS

The distinctive styling now has diode headlights on the flagship models, along with alloy wheel rims.

Now available (April 2017) is the Clio GT-Line that  comes with “an arresting” GT-Line pack which, Renault says, “gives the cars a distinctive sporty look, inside and out”.

The GT’s exterior has been differentiated with uniquely 17″ titanium grey alloy wheel rims, colour-matched by the external mirrors, door protectors and distinctive fog-light surrounds.

NEW IN THE CLIO STABLE: Image: Renault SA
NEW IN THE CLIO STABLE: Image: Renault SA

The front bumper has GT-Line scoops, a rear diffuser and chromed exhaust extension.

The GT-Line cabin has seen the addition of R.S. leather-clad steering-wheel with a GT-Line insert, R.S. Zamac gear-shifter and handbrake grip with blue stitching, GT-Line embossed head restraints and “sport” front seats with special upholstery and extra bolstering.

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The 1.2-litre turbo engine makes 88kW and 205Nm, its power transmitted through a six-speed manual gearbox – a first for the Clio range. Top speed is listed as 199km/ h and the 0-100km sprint can be dispatched in nine seconds.

NEW IN THE CLIO STABLE: Image: Renault SA
NEW IN THE RENAULT STABLE: Image: Renault SA

Claimed posible fuel consumption is 5.3 litres/100km; the cars’ safety EuroNCAP rating is listed as five-star.

Cabin tech includes a 19cm, multifunction, Touchscreen MediaNav; cruise management and a speed limiter are also present.

FIVE-YEAR WARRANTY

Warranties and service plan
Every new Renault Clio will be delivered with a five-year or 150 000km mechanical warranty

There are also a six-year anti-rust through warranty and a three-year or 45 000km service plan.

Service intervals: 15 000km.

Prices
Clio 88kW Turbo GT-Line – R264 900
Other models in the Clio range
Clio 66kW Turbo Authentique – R206 900
Clio 66kW Turbo Expression – R226 900
Clio 66kW Turbo Dynamique – R244 900
Clio 88kW Turbo EDC Expression – R264 900

Options
19cm Touchscreen MediaNAV, leather steering-wheel (Authentique) – R10 000
Fixed glass roof (Dynamique) – R8000
Metallic paint (full range) –  R2500

NEW IN THE CLIO STABLE: Image: Renault SA
NEW IN THE CLIO STABLE: Image: Renault SA
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