Published on September 20th, 2015 | by Subhash Nair0
New Renault Clio GT Line Previewed in Malaysia
TC Euro Cars, the sole franchise holder for Renault cars in Malaysia, today previewed the dynamic and sporty New Renault CLIO GT LINE designed to win over customers with its blend of emotion, superior road handling, performance and exceptional fuel efficiency.
Ideal for drivers who want a sporty look but are not in the market for the high performance of an R.S. model, the New Renault CLIO GT LINE continues Renault’s long tradition of offering ingenious innovations combined with strong distinctive designs that enrich customers’ lives. Taking all its different generations into account, Clio stands out as one of Renault’s best-selling cars, as well as a market benchmark that has generated total sales of 12.5 million units from 1990 – 2014.
“The New Renault CLIO GT LINE builds on the Clio model’s hallmark strengths and everyday versatility as well as a long tradition of innovation in its segment. Then there is its handling, which has always been exceptional. With the New Renault CLIO GT LINE, Malaysians can now own a popular mainstream version of the Clio – Renault’s best-selling model – that is fun to drive with low running costs thanks to its innovative 1.2-litre turbo engine,” said Kuan Kim Luen, CEO, TC Euro Cars Sdn Bhd.
The New CLIO GT LINE also champions Renault’s new design strategy which places emphasis on simplicity, warmth and sensuality. Starting with its front-end design, which features the prominent Renault logo, set bold and upright to a gloss black background, this frontal treatment is further emphasised by the headlights – the lower edge of which is picked out in chrome – and wide-set LED daytime running lights.
A special rear bumper design, body-coloured side protective mouldings with dark metal insert, dark metal door mirror housing, extra-tinted rear glass, special 17-inch alloy wheels as well as GT LINE badging on the tailgate, which also features the spoiler from Renault Clio R.S. all contribute to the sporty exterior of the New Renault CLIO GT LINE.
Like the New Clio, Renault designers have also paid particularly careful attention to achieving balanced proportions for this GT LINE version. It is a low-slung car (height: 1,448 mm) and this lower ride height not only provides the car with a more solid stance but also benefits its aerodynamics. Meanwhile, the wide front and rear track further enhances stability and road-holding.
With pronounced shoulder lines, the New Renault CLIO GT LINE’s coupé-like silhouette is accentuated by integrated rear door handles concealed close to the rear quarter lights. The ratio of wheel-size to vehicle-height has been fine-tuned for a more dynamic look, while the large-diameter wheels are pushed outwards in order to fill and finish flush with the wheel arches.
Safe, protective and refreshing, the interior of New Renault CLIO GT LINE perfectly complements the exterior style to inspire confidence and energy. Comfort goes hand-in-hand with a modern feel and user-friendliness thanks to the grey-trimmed dashboard sculpted in the shape of an aircraft wing, the optimally-positioned multimedia system on the centre console, comfortable seats boasting specific upholstery as well as the availability of stowage space throughout the cabin and careful attention to detail.
The sports steering wheel is leather-trimmed. Additionally, like Renault Clio R.S. the New CLIO GT LINE is also fitted with Renault Sport-badged door sill guards. Building on the expertise it has gained as an engine supplier in Formula One®, Renault continues to demonstrate that a vehicle powered by an internal combustion engine vehicle can – with new technologies and an ongoing quest for maximum efficiency – deliver on power and performance without sacrificing fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions.
The New Renault CLIO GT LINE features the company’s Turbo Control Efficiency or TCe 120 engine – a thoroughly modern powertrain that comes in a small four-cylinder engine displacement with a turbocharger, delivering performance equivalent to a naturally-aspirated 1.8L engine.
Mated to a 6-speed Efficient Dual Clutch (EDC) transmission which delivers fast but smooth gear changes, Renault’s punchy new drivetrain enables the New CLIO GT LINE to deliver maximum power of 118hp at 4900 rpm and peak torque of 190 Nm that is available from as low as 2,000 rpm – enabling powerful acceleration from 0-100 km/h in 9.4 seconds. At the same time, this spirited yet fuel-efficient engine also offers fuel efficiency of up to 5.2L/100km, equivalent to CO2 emissions of 120g/km.
Additionally, by engaging the car’s ECO mode, which automatically changes the way the powertrain operates, up to 10 percent of fuel savings can be achieved. The New Renault CLIO GT LINE’s suspension combines driving precision with reduced noise and vibration levels. The Macpherson-type front suspension is linked to a right-angled triangular lower wishbone with twin bushes. This configuration delivers better road holding, more responsive handling and steering precision while minimising the effect of longitudinal and transverse loads, which is vital for the comfort of occupants.
The rear suspension comprises a programmed-deflection torsion beam with coil springs and an anti-roll bar to optimise cornering stability. Effective shock absorption is assisted by bump stops that are now made from polyurethane, which are more progressive than the older design and add further to the comfort delivered by this GT LINE version of the Renault Clio. With reduced weight combined with the optimised calibration of the electrically-assisted power steering (EPS) and a quicker steering rack, the car is even more manoeuvrable, with a 10.6-metre turning circle.
Additionally, the New Renault CLIO GT LINE comes equipped with the Renault Bass Reflex system. This clever sound system, integrated into the front doors’ loudspeakers, deliver the volume and listening enjoyment of a 30-litre home speaker enclosure. It also delivers more powerful bass frequencies, while further pushing back saturation and distortion thresholds. In addition to being extensively equipped, the New Renault CLIO GT LINE is yet another testament to Renault’s unwavering commitment to deliver outstanding active and passive safety.
The New Renault CLIO GT LINE will be available in Malaysia at the estimated price of RM118,000, with an additional RM5,000 for the Flame Red colour. Launch availability is slated for Q4 2015. The spirited and sporty five-door hatchback will be available in four colours – Flame Red, Diamond Black, Glacier White and Malta Blue. Like all Renault passenger cars, service intervals for the New Renault CLIO GT LINE are 10,000km or six months, whichever comes first. It also comes with a five-year unlimited mileage manufacturer’s warranty, which unlike other new vehicle extended warranties, is fully-backed by Renault for enhanced ease of ownership as there are fewer complications with terms and conditions.
Malaysian drivers who are keen to know more about the New Renault CLIO GT LINE are encouraged to register their interest at www.renaultclio.com.my/gtline.