Renault's greenest ever model goes on sale
Renault has launched itsa least polluting production car ever – a diesel-powered Renault Clio emitting 98 grams of CO2 per kilometre.
The new 1.5-litre dCi 86 Renault eco² versions of the three-door Clio Extreme and five-door Clio Expression, are now available to order in the UK, priced from £12,690.
Offering 76.3mpg on the combined cycle, the new Clio promises a theoretical range of 923 miles.
Renault says that unlike all of its current rivals, which can charge up to £1,000 extra, or more, for their more environmentally-friendly versions, the new low-emission Clio will sell for exactly the same price as today’s dCi 86 engine emitting 115 grams CO2 per kilometre.
The Clio will be gunning for the Ford Fiesta Econetic, Peugeot 207 Economique and Vauxhall Corsa ecoFlex, costing between £500 and £1,050 more than their higher emitting equivalents.
The greener Clios benefit from zero Vehicle Excise Duty, and for fleet customers, a particularly attractive 100% capital write-down allowance and low benefit-in-kind rating of only 13%.
A series of engineering improvements to Clio’s bodywork and 1.5 dCi 86 engine have resulted in a 17g/km reduction compared to the current model, and a 19% improvement in fuel economy, or 12.1 mpg, to 76.3 on the combined cycle.
Renault says it achieved the greatest possible improvement in CO2 emissions levels, without unduly affecting performance. Changes to the green version 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;
Reduction of frictional losses in the engine and gearbox with the introduction of low-viscosity lubricants;
Dedicated engine mapping focused on reducing fuel consumption and CO2 emissions;
Aerodynamic aids, including a flexible lip under front bumper extended by 15mm; front wheel arch liner extension flaps; specific underbody enclosure for rear axle; and reduced rolling resistance Michelin 185x60 R15 low energy consumption tyres.
The specification on each new Clio 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" alloy wheels and fully integrated Carminat TomTom satellite navigation.