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New pictures have surfaced of a new-look Clio, with Renault opting for "daring" styling to go with a better drive and cheaper running costs.
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Renault unveils new-look Clio

Renault unveils new-look Clio

Renault is looking to take down the Ford fiesta with its new-look Clio.

That is according to industry publication Auto Express, which has posted an exclusive look at the new Clio, which looks intent on topping the supermini class.

The magazine claims in addition to the daring new style direction, fans of the 2012 Clio will also benefit from a better drive and lower running costs.

With the current economic challenges faced by Britons, Renault could have come up with the perfect solution for cost-conscious driving enthusiasts.

Design director, Laurens van den Acker, was behind every stage of development of this fourth generation Clio and it follows the Dutch designer's impressive work on a number of concepts for the French manufacturer.

"The aggressive new face is inspired by the curvy DeZir, with a wide-slatted lower grille and LED strips below the main lamps," Auto Express explained.

"Its distinctive Renault badge is more prominent, plus there are chrome accents on the upper grille and surrounding the sleek new headlights. Small rear windows give this five-door model a rakish look, as do the gently sculpted body panels and subtle roof spoiler."

The sneak peak at the new Clio comes shortly after Renault announced it was extending the Gordini range with two new models.

Posted by Louise Clark