More style, va va voom and distinction
Renault has added a GT-Line to its Clio range with more power and more style
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.
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.