Presented at the Paris Motor Show last year, new generation of the Renault Clio is poised to gain a good piece of cake sales in its segment, B or utility. And is that, when it builds a attractive car, the chances that people go to the dealer to be interested and buy it, are very high. If this total makeover concepts are added as latest generation engines (Gasoline and diesel) systems security (Active and passive) unusual in its category and a good equipment comfort available from the most basic versions, success is almost guaranteed. And that's what he's done Renault with his Clio.
Now the family grows with a new member, the family version, a concept that is gaining adherents in this segment and is increasingly offered by different brands. Sport Tourer It is the name with which you have been baptized (sounds familiar little juvenile) and the fact is that the pen (electronic, of course) Yohann Ory has charted a very attractive lines.
Compared to the sedan, the Clio Sport Tourer is longer (4.27 m 4.03 m compared to the hatchback), maintains the same length wheelbase and has a rear overhang 2 cm longer. But where's the difference obviously is at the rear of the vehicle. Prolongation of the roof to the tailgate makes the occupants of the rear seats are 15 mm high. He trunk announces a maximum capacity of 443 liters (Fifty percent more than the saloon) measured to the edge of the rear seats, a volume that can be extended up to 1380 liters if the rear seats folded, leaving a flat load surface. The passenger seat backrest can be folded forward, bringing a load length of 2.48 meters is offered, which can be carried safely objects quite long. Under the boot floor there is another hole with a capacity of 85 liters (already included in the official 443 liters of trunk volume) that allows you to deposit various objects out of sight of the alien lovers. The load threshold is quite low (604 mm from the mouth of the trunk to the ground) so that the loading of heavy or bulky items is provided.
Under the name of R-Link, Renault launches multimedia system for lovers of communication technologies. He R-Link manages the browser, he mobile phone, he stereo, various vehicle parameters and information services such as driving mode is being practiced (tells you if you're doing an efficient or not driving), email, Twitter and even it has an application called R-Sound Effect changing the sound perceived by the occupants of the passenger compartment (outside still sounds like) can choose between 6 different environments, from a Renault Sport or V6.
Mechanically speaking, Clio Sport Tourer not an innovation with respect to the saloon. Its range consists of four engines, two petrol and two turbodiesel, all coupled to a manual gearbox five speeds. Regarding engines gasoline, are the 1.2 naturally aspirated 75 hp power and a combined consumption of 5.5 l / 100 km and tricilíndrico TCe turbo 0.9 liter displacement and 90 CV announcing a consumption of 4.5 l / 100 km and comes standard start-stop system Stop / Start, and the regeneration system braking energy (ESM) and dynamic grids automatic opening and closing to improve the aerodynamics of the car.
the range Diesel the engine has 1.5 dCi 75 and 90 hp, with a consumption of 3.6 l / 100 km in both cases. There is a variant with 90 hp engine that standardises 3.2 l / 100 km thanks to the implementation of some developments of change about thirteen percent longer than those who proclaim the 3.6 l / 100 km. In principle this version is not expected to be marketed in our market.
In our Touchdown we had the chance to try the version 1.5 dCi 90 hp power. An extremely smooth, progressive and allows low-speed roll smoothly and climbing turns quickly to little pisemos the accelerator pedal motor. The gearbox it is enough smooth, accurate and fast. Would I need a sixth gear? The truth is that in the kilometers that we walked with him we do not remember it. In areas with curves we can go "ligerita" in long marches, with what we guarantee a content-consumption by the amount of torque provided by the engine from just 1,200 rpm, and completely forget the second and even third gear because, except in paellas, the rest of the tracks can be faced in the past two gears smoothly.
Dynamic behavior Sport Tourer hardly differs from that of the saloon (with at least two occupants and two suitcases from those of "cabin" on board). The front end obeys quite accurately the orders of the steering wheel, touch power-assisted steering is quite good and the rear is quite immovable. The suspensions are comfortable and bumpy areas will not "choke" getting occupants enjoy the ride.
He Renault Clio Sport Tourer begins selling in our market on 22 March, with prices ranging from 12,750 euros the 1.2 Authentique 75 hp to 16,850 euros Energy of Expression 1.5 dCi 90 S&S echo2.