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by Tim Beissmann

A video showcasing the development of the all-new Renault Clio has given us our first clear look at the styling of the load-lugging wagon variant.

Appearing close to production-ready, the Clio wagon is set to go on sale in Europe around six months after the fourth-generation Clio hatch, which launches at the 2012 Paris motor show in September.

Due to hit European showrooms in the first quarter of 2013, the Clio wagon will join the range about the same time as the high-performance Renaultsport hatch variant.

Renault Australia’s Emily Ambrosy confirmed the brand was “definitely considering” the new Clio wagon for our market but said there had been no firm decision on whether it would join the hatch in local showrooms at this stage.

 

The Renault Clio hatch will arrive in Australia in mid-2013 followed by the Renaultsport variant six months later, either late in 2013 or early in 2014. Ambrosy said it was too early to say when the Clio wagon could arrive in Australia if given the all clear, although a local launch before the Renaultsport variant seems unlikely.

Like the recently revealed Clio hatch, the wagon features discreet rear door handles hidden in the window frames and contrasting coloured inserts above the side skirts. Horizontal tail-lights wrap around the rear quarters while the tailgate retains a prominent spoiler. The rear bumper has a short overhang and features clean, simple panels.

A quick glimpse at the front-end reveals a similar look to the hatch.

The Clio wagon is expected to be offered with the same range of fuel-efficient engines as the hatchback, including a 67kW/135Nm 0.9-litre three-cylinder petrol, an 89kW/190Nm 1.2-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol and a 67kW/220Nm 1.5-litre four-cylinder diesel.

Expect more details on the Renault Clio wagon to be revealed in the coming months ahead of its European launch early next year.