PARIS — Renault has taken an evolutionary approach to styling the new Clio, keeping the car's rounded exterior profile while lowering the body for better aerodynamics.
While the exterior may not mark a revolutionary change, the new Clio is different under the skin. The car is now underpinned by Renault-Nissan alliance's CMF-B architecture. The current version is built on the alliance's B platform.
Renault said the new platform can integrate the latest technologies to respond to new market requirements. The Clio will have advanced driver assistance systems leading to autonomous driving. The automaker will release the Clio's technical details next month.
The Clio, which debuts at the Geneva auto show on March 5, also gets chrome and gloss black trim in an effort to improve perceived quality.
Renault says the changes will give the Clio a "more elegant and dynamic" look.
The fifth-generation Clio enters a tougher market for small hatchbacks as buyers switch to high-riding SUVs and crossovers.