As confirmed earlier on, TC Euro Cars has previewed the new Renault Clio GT Line at Pavilion, KL. The new hatch slots below the high-performance Renault Clio RS 200 EDC and, according to Renault, is directed at “drivers who want a sporty look but are not in the market for the high performance of an RS model.”

And a sporty-looking hatch they will get as the Renault Clio GT Line retains the general design theme first seen by Malaysian buyers on its hi-po sibling. In front, the bold Renault logo dominates the whole fascia while the badge itself sits within a gloss black assembly that bridges the headlights (halogen reflector units). Down below, LED daytime running lights (DRLs) are to be found within their respective housings.

Moving on to the side, the Clio GT Line is equipped with 17-inch alloy wheels (wrapped in 205/45 Michelin Primacy 3 tyres) while body-coloured side protective mouldings with dark metal inserts help add a certain amount of aesthetic flair. Elsewhere, the car also gets darkened side mirror housings, tinted rear windows and integrated rear door handles.

At the rear, the tailgate receives GT Line badging while the same spoiler from the Clio RS 200 EDC is to be found. “The new Renault Clio GT Line builds on the Clio model’s hallmark strengths and everyday versatility as well as a long tradition of innovation in its segment,” said TC Euro Cars CEO, Kuan Kim Luen.

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Under the bonnet, the Renault Clio GT Line is powered by a turbocharged 1.2 litre TCe 120 four-cylinder petrol engine with 118 hp at 4,900 rpm and 190 Nm of torque from 2,000 rpm. The mill is mated to a six-speed dual-clutch transmission with power going to the front wheels. Zero to 100 km/h takes 9.4 seconds while fuel consumption has been rated at 5.2 l/100 km.

Additionally, the Clio is also said to boast “reduced noise and vibration levels” while handling is said to be exemplary thanks to the adoption of a Macpherson-type front suspension setup that is linked to a “right-angled triangular lower wishbone with twin bushes.” The rear suspension setup is comprised of a torsion beam setup with coil springs and an anti-roll bar.

Inside, the seats of the Renault Clio GT Line are trimmed in fabric while a leather-wrapped steering wheel greets the driver. Elsewhere, grey trim dominates the dash and centre console while Renault Sport-badged sill guards are offered as standard. A quick look around shows an ‘Eco’ button located by the side of the parking brake – said mode is touted to improve fuel efficiency by up to 10%.

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Other standard goodies include automatic headlights and windscreen wipers, keyless entry with push-start button, cruise control with speed limiter, rear parking sensors, tilt and telescopic adjustable steering wheel, “motorway mode indicators” and a seven-inch MediaNav touchscreen navigation and infotainment system.

Also include as standard is the Renault Bass Reflex sound system. Said system is touted to “deliver the volume and listening enjoyment of a 30-litre home speaker enclosure.” As for standard safety kit, the Renault Clio GT Line is equipped with front, lateral head and thorax airbags, seat belts with pre-tensioners, Isofix mounts on the front passenger and two rear seats, ESC, hill start assist and ABS with brake assist.

The made-in-Turkey Renault Clio GT Line is expected to launched at the end of the year. A total of four colours will be available with the list set to include Diamond Black, Glacier White, Malta Blue and Flame Red – the latter will cost an additional RM5,000. The hatch will be priced at an estimated RM118,000 with a five-year unlimited mileage manufacturer’s warranty.