RENAULT?S latest Clio has arrived, with more features and a sharp new price.

RENAULT?S latest Clio has arrived, with more features and a sharp new price.

RENAULT’S latest Clio has arrived, with more features and a sharp new price.

The Clio takes on Renault’s new nomenclature, in line with the recently released Koleos and Megane hatch models, with variants called Life, Zen, Intens and GT-Line.

The drivetrain remains unchanged and the high-performance Clio RS will be launched in a few months.

The Life has a national drive-away price of $17,990 for the manual and $19,990 for the ‘efficient dual clutch’ or EDC auto-style transmission.

Exterior changes on the Life include body-coloured door mirrors and handles, a chrome boot lid strip, chrome door sill insert and chrome trim radiator grille, as well as a new 16-inch flex wheel design.

Inside, it adds features including hands-free entry with smartkey, push -button start, automatic dusk-sensing headlights and automatic windscreen wipers with rain sensor, rear-view camera, rear parking sensors, ECO mode, electric windows and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.

The Zen gets Renault’s new C-shaped lighting signature – as seen in the Koleos and Megane hatch – at the front with ‘Pure Vision’ LED headlights, front foglight with a chrome surround, front parking sensors, satellite navigation with voice control, a gloss black treatment for the lower rear bumper trim, side-door protection and B-pillar, as well as two-tone 16-inch Pulsize alloy wheels.

The luxurious Intens model gains chrome window trim, side parking sensors, hands-free parking, driver’s armrest, LED cabin lights, 3D Arkamys sound system, R-Link navigation and multimedia system with voice control, height-adjustable passenger’s seat, velvet and artificial leather upholstery, climate control, rear privacy glass, 17-inch Optemic two-tone alloy wheels and free personalisation.

The latter comprises the door sill insert, grille insert and boot lid in either flame red or ivory while inside, the dashboard, door panel and seat highlights can be had in either intense red or grey.

The GT-Line has Renault Sport-inspired blue highlights for the upholstery, aluminium sport pedals, GT-Line badging, Renault Sport rear spoiler, leather handbrake handle, satin grey for the door mirrors, exterior trim, front and rear bumper insert as well as 17-inch Serdar alloy wheels.

Prices start at $15,990 for the Life manual, or $2000 more for EDC, Zen EDC is $19,900, Intens and GT-Line are both priced at $22,990.