The latest-generation Renault Clio has been updated with a “chic interior” and “people-centric, tech-focused design” across three trim levels, and is the first in the auto maker’s ‘Nouvelle Vague’ (New Wave) to feature the brand’s distinctive new signature lighting.
As part of Renault’s core focus on sustainability, no leather is used in the interior of the Evolution, Techno and Esprit Alpine trims. Instead, the surfaces are covered in TEP, a grained coated fabric made of bio-sourced and polyester fibers. One advantage is that less energy and water is needed to add color to TEP than is required to dye fibers in the conventional way.
Dashboard features include an edgeless display spanning 7in or 10in, depending on the model, that interacts seamlessly with the Easy Link multimedia system and its own 7in or 9.3in touchscreen. The Clio’s Multi-Sense technology adjusts the cabin’s ambient lighting settings to suit the driver’s mood.
Automatic air conditioning, a hands-free key card and wireless smartphone charger join other available amenities such as a height-adjustable front passenger seat, heated steering wheel, automatic electronic parking brake and central armrest with integral storage.
The seats, door panels and dashboard in Techno models are clad in a specially-developed sustainable fabric that comprises up to 60% Tencel Modal fibers, a bio-based cellulosic fiber employed to support Renault’s decarbonization strategy. This marks the first time these sustainable fibers have been used extensively inside a vehicle, according to Renault.
The fibers are made from a renewable resource – natural wood sourced from sustainably-managed semi-natural forests in Europe. These forests absorb large amounts of CO2 and do not require any chemical fertilizers or artificial irrigation.
The fabric in the Esprit Alpine is made from 65% recycled PET (polyethylene) with a 13% recycled grained coated textile on the seat sides, which again contributes to Renault’s sustainability goals.
Elsewhere in the cabin, the steering wheel uses a combination of red, white and blue double overstitching, perforated material and a Deep Gloss Black background for the Ice Black central logo. The dashboard carries its own subtle French flag; the seatbelts in both the front and the rear wear distinctive blue edges; the pedals are made from aluminum; and the front door sills are exclusive to the Esprit Alpine trim.
The new Clio comes in three-cylinder petrol and full hybrid options.