TC Euro Cars, the sole franchise holder for Renault cars in Malaysia today previewed the new Clio GT Line at the Pavilion in Kuala Lumpur.
Designed as an alternative to the high-performance Clio RS, the Clio GT Line offers performance in an appealing and a more affordable package. Under the hood is a 1.2-litre TCe 120 unit packing 118 hp at 4,900 rpm and 190 Nm of torque from as low as 2,000 rpm. Not as powerful as the 200 hp Clio RS but the hatch still packs a punch.
With a six-speed EDC transmission, the Clio GT Line sprints from 0 to 100 km/h in 9.4 seconds, before reaching a top speed of 199 km/h. Despite the blistering performance, the hatch still returns a decent fuel efficiency of 5.2 litres per 100 km, while CO2 emissions are rated at120 g per km. An ECO mode stretches the fuel efficiency by up to 10 percent.
The punch powertrain is matched with a fine tuned chassis designed for road handling. Keeping the hatch planted on the tarmac is a MacPherson strut linked to a right-angled triangular lower wishbone with twin bushes at the front and a torsion beam with coil springs and an anti-roll bar at the rear. Steering input comes from an electrically-assisted power steering (EPS) with a quicker steering rack.
The Clio GT Line comes with the trademark Clio look, with a prominent logo up front, wide-set LED daytime running lights and chrome trim on the lower part of the bumper. The car gets its own rear bumper design, body-coloured mouldings with dark trim, dark metal door mirror housing, GT Line badging, RS rear spoiler and 17-inch alloy wheels.
Inside, you’ll find a leather-wrapped steering wheel, RS door sill guards, grey trim on the dashboard, and a 7-inch touch display. List of equipment in the cabin includes Renault Bass Reflex sound system, keyless entry with start/stop and walkaway function, cruise control, speed limiter, and rear parking sensors.
The new Renault Clio GT Line will be sold here at the estimated price of RM118,000. It is available in five colours: Flame Red (additional RM5,000), Diamond Black, Glacier White and Malta Blue.