Without doubt one of the most anticipated releases of the year and it means a big change in the Renault range. Autoblog was able to prove the Renault Clio IV TCe 0.9 Dynamique variant and this week we will have the entire test. But as usual before advancement is classic. The Renault Clio has historically been the jewel in the crown. Not their most luxurious product not the most expensive in its range. It is fairly well defined by a concept that is diametrically opposed to a gem face: it is the most popular.
Being almost two inseparable names Renault Clio and the importance of the renewal of this product is lower for the brand nor to compete with European and local level. More in Uruguay than in the old continent for one reason: we did not see a whole new Clio since 1998. In those 16 years passed many products on the local market but none was the Clio III. Born in 2005 was the replacement of the Clio II around the same time Mercosur received its first restyling called Phase II. I will not delve into the reasons why the product did not come to our country but possibly you did today would be talking about the Renault Clio IV as a commodity.
Therefore the absence of the third generation is that a car like the Renault Clio IV is so relevant. Few brands have the luxury of skipping an evolution of the product and yet continue to generate expectation. In Uruguay the name "Clio" is deeply rooted and indeed even has its own fan club as well as clients who have had more than one in your garage. Back in 2008 in the Mercosur the loyal customer of the brand that put up for sale its Clio II was a natural leap into the Sandero brand first generation. A product with a different concept very different from the Clio and as sales proved it was not the "palate" User traditional diamond. I do not speak the Stepway which was sold and is still selling more than cod at Easter I mean the Sandero "plain" which had a fleeting passage through our market.
The Clio meanwhile was slowly leaving the product as input to the range with small engines and more and more basic equipment. He had lost the "halo" of imported car and wanted it held in its first generation. Those were different times. Regionally the B + segment as it is known to the boys next generation in marketing parlance was still learning to crawl since economically there was no room for them in the market in the region. The Fiat Punto Chevrolet Corsa II or first generation Citroën C3 were just appearing as representatives of this sub-segment. If we jump about 6 years until now we see that in Uruguay the segment B is healthier than ever and Renault do not want to miss a single serving of cake. Today you can afford to be within that niche three completely different models. The Clio Mine (see release) which represents the step input to the range the new Sandero which is now presented as a purely rational supply (see release) and cherry cake which is the Renault Clio IV a model purely emotional product of its modern design and played.
With the latter Renault returns to play with the same cards he had in 1992 with the first generation who came from France with those engines 1.2 Energy eternal: it is imported innovative desired and modern. It also represents a breath of fresh air in a range without major new products from the arrival of the Duster and Fluence in 2011.
The Renault Clio IV is also the first car in the B segment to offer our general market technologies that were previously only heritage of European consumers: Mechanical small displacement turbocharged traction and stability control as standard across the range recovery system braking energy start & stop system all offered at quite reasonable prices and could put more red cheeks of a product manufactured in the Mercosur. Are we facing a new competitor in weight to the B + segment? To know you have to read the first test of the Renault Clio IV this week in this case with the top-end variant the 0.9 Dynamique TCe. for the other reviews about the newest cars visit here.
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