Re­nault Clio, green with envy

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Motors Today -

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

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