Renault Clio III
|Also called||Renault Euro Clio (Mexico) Renault Lutecia (Japan)|
|Assembly||Flins, France Delhi, India (Renault India) Bursa, Turkey (Oyak-Renault) Valladolid, Spain (Renault Spain)|
|Body style||3-door hatchback 5-door hatchback 5-door estate|
|Platform||Alliance B platform|
|Engine||1.2 L I4 1.4 L I4 1.6 L I4 1.8 L I4 2.0 L I4 1.5 L I4 dCi|
|Transmission||5-speed manual 6-speed manual 4-speed automatic|
|Wheelbase||2,451 mm (96.5 in) 2,575 mm (101.4 in) (estate)|
|Length||3,986 mm (156.9 in) (2005–09) 4,032 mm (158.7 in) (2009–present) 4,233 mm (166.7 in) (estate)|
|Width||1,707 mm (67.2 in) (2005–09) 1,720 mm (67.7 in) (2009–present) 1,719 mm (67.7 in) (estate)|
|Height||1,497 mm (58.9 in)|
|Curb weight||1,150 kg (2,535 lb)|
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This was the result of a decision to move the Clio upmarket. It also brings the trademark "Renault Card" keyless immobiliser to the Clio for the first time. The new Clio achieved a 5-star EuroNCAP safety rating, joining the rest of Renault's family at the maximum safety rating (with the exception of Kangoo and Twingo). Sales began throughout Europe in October 2005.
It was voted European Car of the Year 2006, becoming the first car to win twice and beating the rival Volkswagen Passat by just 5 points. The Clio was described by several people as the new benchmark for its category and by one judge as a "great little car that should inspire bigger ones". The trophy for the award was presented in January 2006 to the Renault chief executive at a ceremony in Italy organized by Auto Magazine.
In June 2006 the sales of the third generation Clio Renault Sport started in France for the price of €23,000. The Clio Renault Sport is equipped with a new naturally aspirated 16-valve 2.0 L engine based on the earlier version used in the second generation Clio Renaultsport and a 6-speed manual gearbox. The engine develops 197 PS (145 kW) at 7250 rpm. The top speed is 215 km/h (134 mph) and 0–100 km/h takes 6.9 seconds.
An estate version called Sport Tourer was unveiled in March 2007. At the same time, Renault replaced the 1.4 L atmospheric engine with a new turbocharged 1.2 TCe version, with 101 PS (74 kW) and 145 N·m (107 lb·ft) of maximum torque. In the 2nd, 3rd and 4th gears over 4500rpm the turbocharger adds 5 extra HP
A facelifted version of the Clio III went on sale in the United Kingdom on May 15, 2009.
It features better quality materials used in the interior and is better equipped than the pre-facelift model.
It is also introduced with a new Clio GT variant, intended to slot between the regular Clio and the Clio 197.
The Clio GT has a new aggressive front end styling incorporating a black grille, extended side sills, suspension settings unique to the GT variant, and a twin tailpipe design with a lip spoiler on the rear end.
Renault Clio III also became basis for Renault Clio Gordini 200 (limited edition) introduced in the United Kingdom in 2010. Gordini 200 is equipped with 2.0L engine which develops 200 bhp. However, limited edition is priced as low as usual version.
Production will stop in late 2012, due to the launch of the Clio IV.