This year during the 2016 Paris Motor Show the current generation Clio subcompact should get a well deserved mid-life cycle refresh, but reports are already talking about the next generation model.
That one is arguably around three to four years in the future but according to Renault executive vice president of product planning Bruno Ancelin the fifth-generation Clio could be treated to an affordable electrified powertrain. “Yes, we’ll consider the tech for other cars,” was the comment of the executive when queried about the new Hybrid Assist system that was introduced on the 2017 Renault Scenic. On the other hand, Ancelin also made it abundantly clear the French automaker is not looking into developing and marketing plug-in hybrid electric vehicles too soon. While dependant on the upcoming EU regulations for diesel cars, Renault will only think about delivering PHEV technology “in the upper segments”.
On the other hand, Scenic’s Hybrid Assist system is a mild-hybrid powertrain that will most likely reach the Renault Clio in its fifth generation – it would use an Energy dCi 100 turbo diesel engine, a six-speed manual gearbox, an electric motor and a 48-volt battery. By the way, the fifth generation Clio is also rumored to use some of the best ideas from the Eolab concept – while the refreshed 2017 Clio will use a new front end that falls in line with the Megane and Talisman, as well as a modified rear bumper and other fresh bits and things.