These days it has become today, again, the technology that could equip the next Renault Clio. It is still early to talk about it, let’s remember that the last generation of Renault Clio was introduced just four years ago, in the Paris Salon of 2012. Which is not to say that we should pay close attention to what Renault are preparing for their utility, not for being the most small, this is less important. In fact, if we stick to what has been seen in recent years, it is very likely that the next Renault Clio suppose a before and an after in technology, and progress towards a mobility that is more efficient, is referred to. What can we expect from the new Renault Clio?
1. The hybrid system Renault Scénic, Mégane and Mégane Sport Tourer.
it is no secret that Renault is working to achieve the hybridization of its entire range of products. A few days ago we were talking about the hybrid system on the new Renault Scénic Hybrid Assist and you, we told you that we are faced with a system that, despite being very different to the one already applied by the competition, such as the Toyota Prius, it seems really interesting. Interesting because Renault has resorted to a system in which the thermal engine remains the star of the show, with a diesel engine, manual gearbox, a battery is very compact, and an electric circuit of 48 volts. All indications are that we will be at a solution mild hybrid, a hybrid affordable, with fuel consumption very low, even for a diesel, and without the complexity of other hybrids.
In conversation with Auto Express, Bruno Ancelin, Executive Vice-President of Renault, acknowledged that this hybrid system will extend the range by Renault, including the new Clio.
2. A hybrid system even more advanced.
Renault still discarding the plug-in hybrid as an alternative for a question of costs. But you will be with me in that to gamble a single letter, the diesel hybrid, and more in these times, it does not seem too sensible.
that Is why we have remembered the prototype Renault Eolab, the same that we tested two years ago (see test of the Renault Eolab). Renault reminded us that, by 2018, their cars would have released 50 of the 100 technologies anticipated for this prototype, and in 2022, they would have come to brand new 90 of these 100 technologies. That is to say, more than half of the advances that we tested on the prototype will come to the street for the time in which the Renault Clio of the next generation to land in dealers.
The Renault Eolab yes used a mechanical hybrid plug-in, which perhaps could be simplified to save weight, and money, on batteries, although by the way is not get the figure of 1.0 litres/100 kilometres that would have approved the Eolab according to the cycle of the european. Not only we are interested in its mechanics, but also its transmission. Renault also introduced us to a change of three gears (see the changing hybrid of three gear-Renault), designed specifically for hybrids, with nine modes of operation would be more than enough to ensure comfort and performance in a hybrid.
3. A utility ultralight.
If Renault complies with what is promised, it is very likely that the new Renault Clio is based on lightweight materials, a somewhat “exotic”, note the quotes. It is not usual that we find a utility affordable, for example, enjoyment of a body assembled with a high percentage of aluminum. But this could be the case. In the prototype Renault Eolab not only saw how Renault was working with Magnesium, which could cause the roof of the new Clio to weigh only 4 kg. We also saw other applications that are more plausible in the medium term, such as glass fiber, or aluminum, and an exquisite work of engineering to lighten the weight by studying panels, glass, interior coatings, and any element susceptible of adding weight.
4. Great progress in aerodynamics.
Another of the fundamental pillars in this hypothetical Renault Clio efficient in the future, it would be the aerodynamic work. We got a chance to try a Renault Eolab with pneumatic suspension able to oscillate in height 25 mm, to facilitate the access to, and comfort in stretches badly paved, and stick to the asphalt on the road. Renault also flooded the bodywork of this prototype with aletines assets, which would open and close automatically depending on the speed that alcanzásemos, like the spokes of these wheels are capable of carenarse completely to reduce turbulence, aerodynamic, and be opened to cool the brakes. It Renault even managed to remove the mirrors!
5. Tires very high and very narrow.
Without going more far, the 20″ wheels standard on the new Renault Scénic is a good example of what will happen in the new Renault in the coming years. Renault bet for tyres extraordinarily high, that also will fit well in the aesthetic of the product, but at the same time narrow (see our test of the tire of the future). The prototype Renault Eolab which we tested two years ago had wheels 17″ and tires with 145 mm of width. It is likely that we have to get used to these dimensions in the next few years, and even that the idea is too far-fetched.