Renault has presented the new Clio and it is stunning!

The current model, which has been around since 2013, has been a local sales hit for the French carmaker, especially because of its attractive design.

Renault has taken an evolutionary approach with the newcomer’s appearance but it looks more modern and athletic than the car it is replacing. Design touches such as the shark fin antenna, the LED lights, the flush tailgate and the chrome-plated side window surrounds help to give the Clio a sexier appearance.

In terms of size, the Clio is 14mm shorter but more spacious inside. The body has been lowered by up to 30mm for better aerodynamics.

There’s more good news regarding the boot space which has been increased by 26 litres to a decent 391 litres.

However, the most significant improvement is on the inside, where the Clio gets a state-of-the-art cabin with many high-tech features.

According to Renault, the completely redesigned interior is inspired by cars on the luxury end of the market.

For the first time, the Clio is also equipped with a digital screen which replaces the original analogue display. In terms of perceived quality and available technology, its smart cabin is dominated by a 9,3-inch multimedia screen. It looks like a vertically placed tablet computer.

Though it is still unclear what the South African line-up will look like, buyers will apparently be able to choose between a number of interior design schemes. Renault is also replacing the current GT-Line with the RS-Line. RS-Line models feature sportier cabin trim, bigger alloy wheels and eye-catching body kits.

According to Renault South Africa, the new Clio will be here either by the end of 2019 or early in 2020 to take on the top-selling VW Polo and popular Ford Fiesta.

Renault also hasn’t given any information yet about the Clio’s engine line-up but SunWheels again expect the Clio to feature modern small-capacity turbo engines, which should more efficient than the existing unit.

Renault will release these figures only at the new Clio’s official international launch at the Geneva Motor Show, which is early March.