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2019 Renault Clio V Expected To Go Mild Hybrid, To Get Level 2 Autonomy

Launched in 2012 at the Paris Motor Show, the Clio IV was facelifted in 2016. Come 2019, an all-new generation of the subcompact hatchback (and station wagon) will replace the current model. And for what it’s worth, hybrid power is a necessity if Renault plans to meet the EU’s upcoming emission standards.
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In accordance to the Drive The Future 2017-2022business plan, Renault will introduce 8 electric vehicles and 12 electrified vehicles in five years’ time. As Peugeot gears up to offer the next-generation 208 with a fully electric powertrain, it’s natural to expect Renault to do the same with the Clio V.

Except Renault isn’t going to go full electric, chiefly because the Zoe takes care of that. Autocar thinks that the Hybrid Assist mild-hybrid system from the Scenic is a more fitting upgrade for the Clio. If Renault can make a case for it, a plug-in hybrid could also be offered, though it’s worth highlighting that PHEV technology is more costly (and heavier) than mild hybridization.

Already spied hiding in Clio IV overalls, the Clio V “has entered the testing phase of development.” According to Jean-Christophe Kugler, the executive vice president and chairman of Renault Europe said that Level 2 autonomous driving technology is on the menu as well. The 2018 Nissan Leaf with ProPilot Assist is classified Level 2 from the maximum of five levels, so it’s pretty clear from where Renault will borrow the self-driving technology for the next Clio.

On the oily bits front, Autocar believes that the 0.9-liter TCe turbo three-cylinder is certain to soldier on. The 1.5-liter dCi, which is shared with low-cost brand Dacia and Nissan, will be offered as well, albeit with updates. As a brief refresher, Renault will invest 600 million euros in the Valladolid plant in Spain to support production of the revised 1.5 dCi turbo diesel engine.

Also in 2019, the all-new Captur is rumored to debut in March at Geneva.

Editor's note: 2019 Renault Captur test mule pictured.

 
 
 
 
 

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