South Africa Gets The Automatic Renault Clio — Sporty Clio’s Coming Later This Year

South Africa has received the automatic Clio 1.6 Dynamique model. The new Clio will offer an easier style of driving for the lazier styled driver — if that makes sense.

“Our research indicated that there is a definite niche for a contemporary, well-equipped subcompact hatchback with an automatic gearbox,” says Xavier Gobille, managing director of Renault SA. “Our target audiences for this car include older users who are downsizing from larger cars, but don’t want the inconvenience of using a clutch, as well as urban commuters who have to cope with stop-start traffic and congested roads, where manual gearboxes can be a nuisance.”

Following the addition of the automatic Clio, Renault are hoping to add a few sporty versions to the market.

“We hope to expand our Clio offering even further with a young, sporty Clio ‘S’ version as well as an exciting limited special-edition Renault Sport version later this year.” Xavier added.

What’s new with the Clio automatic? Well, the French automaker said that there will be an integrated satellite navigation system by TomTom, followed by a set of steering-wheel controls for the radio.

Power and performance for the 1.6-litre 16-valve engine sits at 83kW with 151Nm of torque. Fuel consumption is rated at 7.5-litres per 100km while CO2 emissions are set at 179g/km.

Pricing starts at R209 900.

Hmm.. We wonder if Renault forgot to remove the clutch.. Enlarge the picture..

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