However it’s not the end of Clio II as Renault will continue to produce and sell the current Clio in special edition Rush and Extreme 4 versions for the whole of 2006 as an entry-level model under new Clio III.
Following the launch of the five door Modus supermini in 2004, Renault continues the renewal and development of its B-segment range with Clio III. The new car marks the beginning of a new chapter of the Clio story, which has continued to ride a wave of success ever since its debut 14 years ago. The third generation of this market-leading model stands out as a new benchmark in its segment, bigger and roomier but Clio III continues to place the emphasis on driving pleasure thanks to its dynamic handling and high level of comfort, as well as offering a further illustration of Renault's expertise in the critical realm of safety where Renault leads the field.
The power of seduction
Clio III’s soft, sensual lines highlight the car’s dynamism and hint at driving pleasure. The warm and carefully finished interior takes up to five people in comfort and is among the most spacious in the class with a light and airy feel for which Renaults are renowned.
Extraordinary room and comfort
With a length of 3.99m, Clio III is not only bigger but it also ensures exceptional interior space for passengers, both in three- and five-door format. A sense of well being is further enhanced by the brightness of the cabin interior that reinforces a sensation of roominess previously unseen in this category. The driving position and user-friendly controls contribute to making the driver feel perfectly at ease. Numerous other comfort and safety features are also available, some of which - including the hands-free card for unlocking and ignition - are totally new in this segment.
Driving pleasure takes front stage
Based on the Renault-Nissan Alliance-developed B platform, Clio III was made for driving. Its suspension takes its inspiration from that of Mégane II, while the new model's handling is well balanced due to its long wheelbase, wide track and low centre of gravity. The car’s outstanding chassis complements these fundamental features.