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New Renault Megane RS Detailed In 132 Images 19
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Galleries, new cars, renault, Renault Megane, RenaultSport on 01 19th, 2018

Renault invited journalists from all over the world to Spain recently, to drive the new generation Megane RS.
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McLaren Has Successfully Integrated Renault’s Power Unit Into 2018 F1 Car 17
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in F1, mclaren, renault, Reports on 01 17th, 2018

McLaren Racing has succeeded in overcoming initial packaging headaches caused by Renault's fundamentally different engine architecture.
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F1-Inspired Renault Clio R.S. 18 Arrives With A Mean Stance 11
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in new cars, renault, Renault Clio, RenaultSport on 01 11th, 2018

Renaultsport customers with a passion for motorsport now have a limited edition Clio RS that they’ll soon be able to order, in all markets except for Japan.

Named after the Renaultsport F1 Team’s 2018 challenger, the Clio R.S. 18 sports the black and yellow livery of the F1 cars, and gets grey decals, special badging on the front doors, black Renault and R.S. logos, and a deep black finish for the rear diffuser.

Open the door of the new Renault Clio R.S. 18 and you will be greeted by several updates, such as the numbered R.S.-branded door sill, Alcantara and leather trimmed steering wheel, carbon fiber-effect air vent surrounds, and special Renaultsport carpet mats.

Building upon the Clio RS 220 EDC Trophy, the limited edition model benefits from the same 220PS (217hp) and 280Nm (207lb-ft) of torque 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine, that works together with an EDC dual-clutch transmission.

However, it also has additional technical updates such as the front dampers with hydraulic compression stops, sharper and more direct steering, and an Akrapovic exhaust for a deeper sound.


New Renault Small SUV Concept Might Debut At Auto Expo 2018 10
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in concept, India, renault, Renault Concepts, Reports, SUV on 01 10th, 2018

Fueled by the success of the $4,700 Kwid, Renault is now looking into yet another small and low-priced SUV, aimed at India and other emerging markets.

A report coming from LiveMint, which is quoting sources familiar with the matter, states that the new vehicle might debut as early as next month, as a concept, at the Auto Expo 2018 event, which starts on February 9.

The study is expected to evolve into a production model and arrive next year. It will be a sub-4-meter product, which should catch consumers attention, as cars that are shorter than 4 meters (13ft) are more affordable to buy in India due to lower taxes.

Development of the yet-unnamed vehicle is reportedly taking place at the Renault-Nissan Alliance’s Research and Development center in Chennai, the birthplace of the Kwid.

In other related news, it seems that Renault is also working on something called “a premium hatchback”. We’ll take the ‘premium’ part with a grain of salt, but it appears that this one will be sub-4-meter as well, and it could also make its way as a concept to the Auto Expo 2018, prior to its 2019 launch, when it should be underpinned by a modified version of the CMF-A architecture, shared with the Datsun Redi-Go.

Note: Renault Kwid pictured


New Renault Megane RS Delivers 5.8-Sec 0-62 Time From €37,600 9
Posted by Carscoops Staff in prices, renault, Renault Megane, RenaultSport on 01 9th, 2018

Renault lifted the veil off its new Megane RS at the Frankfurt Motor Show a few months ago, and now it’s followed up with full specifications – including pricing and availability.

€37,600 will be enough to put European hot-hatch enthusiasts behind the wheel, with their hand on the manual gear shifter. Opt for the dual-clutch version and you’ll be looking at €39,400.

Those base prices are for the Sport chassis. Add the Cup Pack with the stiffer suspension, limited slip differential, and red Brembo brake calipers and you’re looking at another €1,500.

That’s just the start of the options list, though: other essentials include 19-inch alloys (€1,000), Alcantara trim (€1,500), and special yellow or orange paint (€1,600). An array of electronic goodies include Bose audio (€600), RS Monitor (€250) or RS Monitor Expert system (€450), head-up display (€400).

However you spec it, the new Megane RS packs a 1.8-liter turbo four rated at 280 horsepower and four-wheel steering (a segment first) in a five-door package, delivering a 0-62 time of 5.8 seconds – and a potentially devastating Nürburgring lap time that could put the FWD record back in the French automaker’s hands.

Renault will begin deliveries in February for the DCT version and in the spring for the manual.

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Here’s A Bold Face For The Next Renault Clio 9
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in renault, Renault Clio, Renderings on 01 9th, 2018

While we haven’t seen any prototypes of Renault’s new Clio out in the open yet, the French brand’s recent studies might give us an idea of what’s to come.

Rendering artist Aksyonov Nikita chose to keep it simple, by taking the fourth-gen French supermini and fitting it with the front end of the Symbioz Prototype.

The latter was a zero-emission vehicle, with Level 4 autonomous driving among others, so don’t expect to see that closed grille on the Clio, as its internal combustion engines still need proper ventilation, so if any car could adopt it, that would be the successor of the Zoe.

The shape of the headlights, with the incorporated LED DRLs, might be carried over, though, albeit with a more down-to-earth shape, similar to those that can already be seen on the latest Megane.

We’re still at least one year away from seeing the fifth generation Renault Clio in an official environment, as it’s expected to arrive in 2018.

It will get an entirely new cabin, dominated by a portrait-style touchscreen infotainment system, and fitted with better quality materials, which will up the game for its direct rivals such as the Volkswagen Polo and Ford Fiesta.

The engine lineup will include the usual small petrol units, and probably mild hybrids too, but in a surprising move, Renault hasn’t decided yet whether it will offer the Clio Mk5 with diesel powertrains.


New Renault Clio Reportedly Coming To Paris Show, Diesels Are Uncertain 6
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Autonomous, Hybrids, Paris Auto Show, renault, Renault Clio, Reports on 01 6th, 2018

The current Renault Clio has been in production since 2012, making it one of the oldest cars in the supermini segment, but the French brand will introduce the fifth generation later this year.

Coming as early as the 2018 Paris Auto Show in September, prior to its on sale date scheduled for 2019, the B-segment car will basically be an evolution of the fourth generation model, says AutoExpress. Visually, it will be inspired by the Symbioz Concept and its larger sibling, the new Megane.

Looking to keep production costs as low as possible, Renault will continue to offer the next Clio based on the CMF-B architecture, albeit with a few modifications, which will give it access to a variety of petrol engines, including the turbocharged 0.9-liter three-cylinder, and the new 1.3-liter unit.

It’s unclear at the moment whether any dCi diesel mills will make their way into the car, as the French manufacturer is still weighing in on this decision as the market is moving away from oil burners.

While diesels may be uncertain, the 2019 Renault Clio will get the 48V hybrid technology, paired to a small petrol engine, which will lead to lower emissions and improved fuel consumption. A plug-in hybrid variant has been apparently ruled out, though.

Moreover, the publication reports that the French brand’s next-gen supermini will play its part in their electrified future, so we’re probably looking at a new Zoe too, in the coming years.

The 2019 Renault Clio is also expected to adopt basic semi-autonomous driving, which will allow it to steer, accelerate, and brake on its own, raising the bar for other cars in the subcompact sector. Nevertheless, don’t expect to read the paper behind the wheel, because drivers will be obliged to keep their hands on the steering wheel at all times.

Note: Renault Symbioz Concept pictured


Renault’s RS18 F1 Car Should Look This Cool 3
Posted by Carscoops Staff in F1, renault, RenaultSport, Renderings on 01 3rd, 2018

Remember what we said about the shame of Renault ditching the Lotus/JPS livery? Yeah, we take it back. This looks cooler.

It’s Sean Bull‘s latest project, previewing what the Anglo-French team’s upcoming RS18 could – and probably should – look like. And we’re smitten.

The design, as you can see, adopts Renault‘s signature yellow and black color scheme, but mattes out the black, and blings out the yellow to a nice deep (and shiny) gold – not unlike the approach rival Peugeot has taken with some of its concepts and hot hatches.

The form also predicts the shape next year’s F1 cars could take, complete with the halo cockpit protection device. With or without it, the matte black and gold has us forgetting all about whatever Lotus had cooking for those few years when the team raced under its banner.

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Grab The Renault Koleos Initiale Paris From £36,700 In The UK 2
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in new cars, prices, renault, Renault Koleos, UK on 01 2nd, 2018

Renault expanded the Koleos family more than a year ago, with the range-topping Initiale Paris, which can now be ordered in the UK.

Priced from £36,700 ($49,552) OTR, and with deliveries commencing this spring, the SUV comes with an exclusive body color – Amethyst, new exterior badging, 19″ two-tone alloys, and full LED headlights.

Inside is where things truly change, as the new Renault Koleos Initiale Paris benefits from heated and ventilated front seats, two-tone Nappa leather, ambient lighting, heated and cooled front cup holders, dual-zone climate control, R-Link2 infotainment with 8.7″ display, TomTom sat-nav, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and hands-free tailgate.

Advanced Emergency Braking, Blind Spot Warning, Hill Start Assist, Traffic Sign Recognition with Over-Speed Prevention, and Lane Departure Warning are also part of the standard equipment, alongside the reversing camera, parking sensors on both ends, ESC with traction and understeer control, cruise control, speed limiter, and the electrochromatic rearview mirror.

Powering the Renault Koleos Initiale Paris is a 2.0-liter dCi four-cylinder diesel engine that makes 177PS (175hp) and 380Nm (280lb-ft) of torque, mated to a 7-speed Auto X-Tronic transmission. Four-wheel drive is standard, and the SUV needs 9.5sec to accelerate from 0 to 62mph (100km/h), before topping out at 125mph (201km/h).


2018 Renault Kadjar Review Is A Tale Of Two Diesels 23
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Film, renault, Renault Kadjar, Renault Videos, reviews, UK, video on 12 23rd, 2017

If you’re in the market for an affordable and feature-rich crossover, the 2018 Renault Kadjar can make a compelling case for itself.

According to Carwow’s review, the Kadjar, while not exactly the best car in its class, is still worth shortlisting before you set out to visit nearby car dealerships. Compared to rivals such as its close relative, the Nissan Qashqai, the Kadjar offers a bigger boot and you’ll fit better in the back if you’re an individual with above average height, even in the middle seat.

The car being tested here is a 1.6-liter dCi diesel with 130 PS. While on paper it’s quicker than the 110 PS 1.5 dCi, according to the reviewer you don’t really notice the power difference between the two and, what’s more, the dCi 110 is quieter, too.

Despite a few ergonomic hiccups, the Kadjar is still a very practical car for its size and worth taking a look into, which is quite an achievement considering that it belongs to one of the most competitive segments in the industry.


Renault Scenic And Grand Scenic Gain New Renault-Mercedes 1.3L Petrol Engine 18
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in new cars, prices, renault, Renault Scenic, UK on 12 18th, 2017

Customers in Britain will be able to order the 2018 Renault Scenic and Grand Scenic equipped with a new petrol engine developed by the Renault-Nissan Alliance and Daimler, from January 1.

Prices commence at £22,005 ($29,308) for the Expression+ variant, and stretch all the way up to £28,505 ($37,966) for the Signature Nav on the Scenic, whereas the Grand Scenic ranges between £23,505 ($31,306) and £30,305 ($40,363) when equipped with the new powertrain.

Available in two outputs: 115PS (113hp) and 220Nm (162lb-ft) of torque, and 140PS (138hp) and 240Nm (177lb-ft) of torque, depending on the selected grade, the 1.3-liter petrol engine returns between 52.3 UK mpg (5.4 l/100 km / 43.5 US mpg) and 50.4 UK mpg (5.6 l/100 km / 42 US mpg), in accordance with NEDC.

The lesser variant comes exclusively with a manual transmission, whereas the more powerful one can be married to an EDC dual-clutch transmission as well.

Renault will start shipping the 2018 Scenic and Grand Scenic, powered by the new unit that comes to life at the brand’s factory in Valladolid, Spain, from February, next year.

However, this is only the beginning, as these are the first models to benefit from the 1.3-liter petrol engine, whose availability will be expanded to various cars within the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance and Daimler, with an additional output: 160PS (158hp).


Mercedes Compact Models To Share Renault’s New Small Petrol Engine 18
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Daimler, mercedes, Mercedes A-Class, Mercedes B-Class, Mercedes GLA, Mercedes GLC, renault, Reports on 12 18th, 2017

Daimler and the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance co-developed a new 1.3-liter petrol engine that recently debuted on the Scenic and Grand Scenic.

However, the powertrain will eventually be expanded to various cars within the Alliance, and it will also be used on several front-wheel drive models coming from Mercedes-Benz, reports AutoNews.

A Daimler spokesperson confirmed that the next generation A-Class is among the vehicles that will put the 1.3-liter lump to use, and different variations of the unit will be offered in the B-Class, GLA, and GLC as well, but no details surrounding the outputs or where it will be put together have been released so far.

However, the small petrol unit is offered on the French minivans in a choice of three power levels, starting with the TCe 115PS (113hp) and TCe 140PS (138hp), and ending with the TCe 160PS (158hp). The first one comes exclusively with a manual gearbox, whereas the mid-range can be had with an EDC dual-clutch automatic as well, and the latter is offered solely with an automatic transmission, so we won’t be surprised if Merc’s models will follow a similar route.

Renault-Nissan and Daimler’s collaboration started 7 years ago, and so far it has seen the French brand’s 1.5-liter dCi diesel engines being used in the entry-level A-Class, B-Class, and GLA. Moreover, the 1.6-liter petrol unit developed by Renault is also used in the C-Class, and the Renault Kangoo has been rebadged by Mercedes and sold as the controversial Citan.

Note: Next-gen Mercedes-Benz A-Class test car pictured


Lewis Hamilton Says He Wants To Battle Fernando Alonso Next Season 16
Posted by Brad Anderson in F1, mclaren, Motorsport, racing, renault, Reports on 12 16th, 2017

Lewis Hamilton says he’d like to see the McLaren team competing at the front of the field next season and hopes to battle Fernando Alonso in 2018.

Alonso has failed to secure a single podium with the McLaren-Honda team, but the outfit will ditch Honda powertrains for next season and instead use Renault-sourced power units. With a finely-tuned chassis, it’s reasonable to expect McLaren to be in a much better shape next year.

“They’ve had such a difficult time. Given that I grew up with McLaren from 13, I go through qualifying and I always look to see where Fernando is, I always look to see where they are and am watching their progress,” Hamilton told Motorsport.

“There’s just a natural place in my heart for them, because I achieved a huge amount with them. I really, really hope next year is a successful year for them, I really hope we are battling with them because McLaren deserve to be at the front. I hope with this new power unit they’re there with us. I hope we have another incredible world champion up there with us fighting for the world championship,” said the four-time world champion.

As for Alonso, he is currently on a “multi-year” agreement with McLaren and intends on finishing his F1 career at the British racing outfit. Despite his limited success the last three years, many pundits still consider him one of the best drivers in the field.


Renault Celebrates Production Launch Of New Alpine A110 In Dieppe 15
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Alpine, Alpine A110, renault, Reports on 12 15th, 2017

Alpine has celebrated the launch of the A110 production at the Dieppe factory in France, in front of Renault Chairman Carlos Ghosn and France’s Minister of Finance Bruno Le Maire.

Following a 35 million euro investment and two years of work, the Dieppe plant is now capable of assembling the Alpine A110’s aluminum body and chassis and features a paint shop with new sanding and cleaning robots for a quality premium paint finish.

Alpine’s historic facility is now the workplace for 392 employees who have been given four weeks’ of specific training for the production of the A110.

“The revival of Alpine production in Dieppe, where the original Berlinette was made almost 50 years ago, presented us with a challenge, but we rose to it together, with backing from the state, the region, the local urban district, Groupe Renault and the Alliance,” said Carlos Ghosn, Renault Chairman and CEO. “The excellence and French-style elegance that the brand stands for are more than just claims; today, in Dieppe they are an industrial reality.”

Powered by a turbocharged 1.8-liter petrol engine, the new Alpine A110 offers 248hp and 236lb-ft of torque. A seven-speed dual-clutch automatic is the only transmission option. Combined with the low weight of 1,080kg (2,380lbs), 0-62mph comes in 4.5 seconds while top speed is 155mph (250km/h).

The first 1,955 examples of the new Alpine A110 are special Premiere Editions priced at 58,500 euros each. These first examples are expected to reach customers in the first half of 2018.


Renault Zoe Star Wars Edition Is French For The Millennium Falcon 14
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Electric Vehicles, France, Movie Cars, renault, Renault Zoe on 12 14th, 2017

If the idea of an entirely electric vehicle still seems like science fiction to you, wait ’till you get a look at this.

It’s the new Renault Zoe Star Wars edition, and it takes the little French EV to a galaxy far, far away.

Stemming out of the same partnership that yielded all those Nissan show cars in LA, this special-edition Zoe is being released in the spring to coincide with the debut of the forthcoming Han Solo movie.

It features special decals patterned after the Millennium Falcon on the hood, roof, and tailgate. There’s special badges as well, and the inside features special purple trim on the dashboard, air vents, speakers, gearshift, and floor mats.

The special edition is based on the Intens trim and comes standard with Bose audio, in-car wi-fi, reversing camera, and 17-inch wheels. Buyers will be able to choose between two shades of white as well as grey or black.

Only 1,000 examples will be made available exclusively in France. Pre-reservations start tonight before the order books open in March and the new movie debuts in May.

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