PARIS -- Renault has added a new digital instrument panel and larger multimedia screen to the latest version of the Clio subcompact car as part of its efforts to keep the model atop the European small car segment.
The new Clio will be introduced at the Geneva auto show in March. Renault released images of the Clio's interior on Monday.
“The fifth-generation Clio is very important for us, as it is the best-seller in its segment and the second best-selling car in Europe," Laurens van den Acker, Renault's senior vice president, corporate design, said in a news release. "The interior has undergone a true revolution, with a considerable improvement in perceived quality, greater sophistication and technology."
The interior has a vertically oriented and slightly curved 9.3-inch multimedia screen, which Renault says is the biggest to date on a Renault model.
A customizable digital instrument panel, in either 7-inch or 10-inch versions, replaces the current analog panel. Under the central screen, piano-type control buttons control climate and other functions. A more compact driver airbag allows for better visibility of the instrument panel through the steering wheel, Renault says.
Renault has taken a number of steps to improve perceived quality, including a satin finish on the steering wheel and better materials on the dashboard, seats and door panels. The Clio will be available in a new Renault Sport, or R.S., trim line, as well as an Initiale Paris upscale trim.