Renault Australia boss Justin Hocevar has told CarAdvice he expects the all-new Renault Clio to be on sale in Australia from the middle of 2013.
The fourth-generation Clio will be the first new Renault to be designed under the guidance of new design director Laurens van den Acker who joined Renault from Mazda in 2009.
It will also be the first Renault to feature the French company’s new corporate face, as well as a range of new petrol and diesel engines.
While Hocevar reaffirmed Australia would get a full range of new Clio models with petrol and diesel engines, the details of those remain unconfirmed.
New to the fourth-generation Clio’s global powertrain range is a 0.9-litre three-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine known as the Energy TCe 90, which features stop/start technology and is said to have the performance of a normally aspirated 1.4-litre petrol engine with an output of 67kW of power and 135Nm of torque.
There’s also new 1.5-litre diesel engine that will develop 67kW and 220Nm, while a 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol powerplant mated to a six-speed dual-clutch transmission will also be offered. This engine will generate around 89kW and 190Nm of torque.
The all-new Clio RS will follow and is expected to get a 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine developing 149kW of power and will also be mated to the six-speed dual-clutch transmission.