Yet again, Renault exceeded expectations in terms of design and practicality when they launched the Renault Clio Grand Tour Sedan. First introduced at the 2007Geneva Auto Show as a concept car, this was originally a three-door model that was extended to a five-door for the final unveiling in 2008. From the moment car enthusiasts laid eyes on the concept car, it was clear that this is one that Renault was using to try to appeal to a younger crowd. The first thing that you notice is that it has a wider and meaner stance than most Clios. Ths is because it is actually based on the Renault Sport 197.
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Everything about this car screamed sporty and fresh. The front end was well ahead of its time. While most front ends today have a contemporary feel with oversized headlamps, this was present on the concept vehicle all those years ago. The low profile roof gave the car a more futuristic look while also helping to improve gas mileage. Unfortunately, it did allow for large blind spots though. Body colored mirrors created a more harmonious look while stunning 19-inch wheels stole the show. In the back, a rear spoiler adds the finishing touch.
Once inside the Renault Clio Grand Tour Sedan you immediately notice that the cabin is far more attractive than what this manufacturer typically offered. Gauges are oversized and sporty and the front seat makes you feel as though you are in a cockpit. In the back, you notice that there is a surpassing amount of room for even adult passengers to get comfortable. The tailgate of the concept vehicle was what made the car truly special, although it was tweaked a bit for production. Originally, you could lift the hatch and pull out a real tailgate. Later there were storage compartments added back there that would see a lot more use than a tailgate.
The Renault Clio Grand Tour Sedan may look sporty, but it does not win any races in performance. It is powered by a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine that delivers 197 horsepower and 158 pound-feet of torque. For how small the engine is though, acceleration is peppy. In fact, this front-wheel drive vehicle accelerates zero to 60 mph in 7.2 seconds, which is impressive. Of course, this could have something to do with the fact that carbon fiber and glass fiber was used where possible to keep the vehicle lightweight. Top speed for the Renault Clio Grand Tour Sedan is 130 mph. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard.