“Our customers look at the exterior and go “woah” but then they look at the interior and go “Huh?” he said. “We need to make sure our next interiors live up to the standards of the exterior.”
“We have more people [at Renault] working on interiors than ever before, and we are pushing a revolution,” he added.
Above: Current-generation Renault Clio interior
Build quality is said to be a major focus point as well, with van den Acker telling Auto Express the new Clio promises significant improvements in look and feel, with more premium materials, and next-generation technology.
Outside, the next-generation Clio will draw inspiration from the new Megane, while autonomous driving technologies are also said to be on the cards.
Above: 2017 Renault Clio facelift
Earlier this year, Renault’s executive vice president for product planning, Bruno Ancelin, told Auto Express the next-generation Clio could also feature a mild-hybrid drivetrain - similar to the one used on the new Scenic MPV.
“We want to add electrification that’s affordable,” he said, “it means we can give the customer just enough to deliver low CO2 [emissions].”
Ancelin confirmed the Clio hybrid won’t be a plug-in (PHEV), as it would be too expensive.
Above: Renault EOLAB concept
In addition to hybrid tech, the next Clio could utilise a suite of specialised aerodynamic features as seen with the futuristic2015 Renault EOLAB concept, which had a claimed fuel use of 1.0L/100km
The Eolab concept featured an active front spoiler, thin tyres and active aero flaps, all of which could make their way to upcoming production models.
The new Clio is expected to arrive after the next Megane RS, with Acker telling the British publication it will most likely make its debut at the 2018 Paris motor show.