Renault Clio, green with envy
RENAULT has introduced its least polluting production car ever – a diesel-powered Clio emitting just 98 grams of CO2 per kilometre.
The new 1.5-litre dCi 86 Renault eco² versions of the three-door Extreme and five-door Expression are now available to order in the UK, priced from £12,690.
Offering not just “reduced guilt” motoring due to their lower emissions, but with 76.3mpg achievable on the combined cycle, the fuel-sipping new Clio promises a theoretical range of 923 miles.
Affordability is key to Renault and, unlike some rivals which charge a premium for their more environmentally-friendly versions, the new low-emission Clio will sell for the same price as today’s dCi 86 engine emitting 115 grams CO2 per kilometre.
Firmly in the Clio’s sights will be three of Britain’s best-selling superminis, the Ford Fiesta Econetic, Peugeot 207 Economique and Vauxhall Corsa ecoFlex, costing between £500 and £1,050 more than their higher emitting equivalents.
The new models will not just be kinder to the planet, they will also appeal to cost-conscious buyers thanks to zero Vehicle Excise Duty, and for fleet customers, a particularly attractive 100 per cent capital write-down allowance and low benefit-in-kind rating of 13 per cent.
A series of engineering 86 powerplant in order to achieve the greatest possible improvement in CO2 emissions levels, without unduly affecting performance.
Measures include taller gearing across all the transmission ratios: the torque and the flexibility of the dCi 86 allow this to be achieved without any significant impact on performance.
Dedicated engine mapping focused on reducing fuel consumption and CO2 emissions
And, according to Renault, the reduction of 17g/km has been achieved without any impact on driving pleasure, comfort or noise levels, in part due to several aerodynamic aids:
Flexible lip under front bumper extended by 15mm
Front wheel arch liner extension flaps
Specific underbody enclosure for rear axle
The new fuel-sipping versions are available as a three-door Extreme eco² and five-door Expression eco².
As a result, the two models don’t skimp on equipment to keep either the car’s weight, or price, down. The specification on each model includes 4x20W RDS radio CD with fingertip remote control, front fog lights and electric front windows.
Like the current Extreme and Expression versions, several options are available, including 15-inch alloy wheels and fully integrated Carminat TomTom satellite navigation.
improvements to Clio’s bodywork and 1.5 dCi 86 engine have resulted in an impressive 17 gram CO2 reduction compared to the current model, and a 19 per cent improvement in fuel economy, or 12.1mpg, to 76.3 on the combined cycle.
Renault’s engineers focused particularly on fine-tuning the dCi