The practice of continuing to sell previous-gen cars alongside their newer brethren is not an uncommon one, particularly with the bestsellers – Peugeot’s 206+ being an example. Now Renault is letting the Clio III live on in the form of the Clio Collection, which joins the Clio IV in the current range. Prices start from €9,990 (RM39k) in France.
The third-gen supermini has racked up global sales of almost 2.4 million units since its 2005 launch, with more than one million of that in France, so we can understand why Renault is postponing its retirement.
The Collection comes in three- and five-door formats and is powered by either the 1.2 16V petrol or dCi diesel units, both producing 75 hp. Two trim levels, Alizé and Business, are available. Alizé gets features such as ABS with EBD, front and side airbags and a trip computer but is otherwise pretty basic.
Business trim adds to that Carminat TomTom navigation (as a standalone unit), cruise control, fog lamps, electrically adjustable door mirrors and a height-adjustable driver’s seat.
Renault is no stranger to teaching old dogs new tricks – the Clio II was sold alongside the III as the Clio Campus in Europe, and the South American-market Clio Mercosur is a Clio II with the nose from a IV.