More style, va va voom and distinc­tion

Re­nault has added a GT-Line to its Clio range with more power and more style

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FOL­LOW­ING the launch of the Me­gane GT-Line last year, Re­nault SA has now given sim­i­lar treat­ment to its Clio lineup, with the launch of the Clio GT-Line in re­sponse to de­mand by Clio cus­tomers look­ing for a dis­tinc­tive look and feel.

The ad­di­tion of an over­boost func­tion nestling un­der the bon­net serves to power up the per­for­mance of the F1-in­spired En­ergy 66kW turbo en­gine, which now packs added punch. It squeezes out an ad­di­tional 4kW and 15Nm in sec­ond and third gears for up to 20 sec­onds re­spec­tively and push­ing peak power out­put to 70kW at 5,250r/min and 150Nm torque at 2,500r/min.

The Turbo Con­trol Ef­fi­ciency (TCE) en­gine line-up is a di­rect re­sult of the com­pany’s F1 tech­nol­ogy trans­fer prow­ess and ca­pa­bil­i­ties.

Re­nault is, how­ever, com­mit­ted to mak­ing strate­gic and com­mer­cial choices that favour eco­log­i­cal bal­ance. While it has en­hanced the per­for­mance and prac­ti­cal­ity of the en­gine, the com­pany also claims a sig­nif­i­cant re­duc­tion in fuel con­sump­tion to 4.5l/100km and CO2 emis­sions of 105g/km.

The GT-Line is the em­bod­i­ment of the brand’s new de­sign re­birth. There is also a se­lec­tion of new body colours to choose from, in­clud­ing an ex­clu­sive Malta Blue for the GT-Line. Front-end styling is made more dis­tinc­tive by head­light units that boast chrome de­tail and LED day­time run­ning lights in­cor­po­rated into the specif­i­cally sporty-styled GT front bumper. The new model also gets unique badg­ing, as well as a chrome fin­ish ex­haust pipe.

In­side there are plush, hi-tech ma­te­ri­als and a com­bi­na­tion of glossy black and chrome de­tail­ing. There are also Re­nault Sport door sill guards.

The in­te­grated Me­di­aNav in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem has been car­ried over, but the GT-Line is also equipped with a new smart sound sys­tem in­te­grated into the front doors’ loud­speak­ers. Known as Re­nault Bass Re­flex, this sys­tem claims to de­liver the vol­ume and lis­ten­ing en­joy­ment of a 30l home speaker en­clo­sure.

The sys­tem is based on the use of vents or ports in the en­clo­sure and its ap­pli­ca­tion is a world first for the au­to­mo­tive in­dus­try.

Also stan­dard across the GT-Line range is a lineup of ac­tive and pas­sive safety fea­tures that in­clude ASR trac­tion con­trol, ABS, EBD and EBA as well as driver, pas­sen­ger and side airbags. Elec­tric vari­able-rate power steer­ing, cruise con­trol/speed lim­iter, card key and elec­tric win­dows make ad­di­tional safety and con­ve­nience fea­tures.

The new model R224,900.

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Re­nault has given the GT-Line treat­ment to its Clio. Above: The rear styling con­tin­ues the sporty theme.

The in­te­rior gets a few mi­nor changes in­clud­ing a new Re­nault Bass Re­flex speaker setup for the au­dio sys­tem.

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