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The Renault Clio GT Line has finally been launched in Malaysia! The younger brother to the Renault Clio RS 200 EDC was first previewed in Kuala Lumpur at the end of September. As expected, the confirmed retail price for the Clio GT Line is RM118,000 including on-the-road (OTR) costs sans insurance.

So then, why the need for a less powerful version of the Clio RS 200 EDC in Malaysia? According to Renault, the Clio GT Line is aimed at “drivers who want a sporty look but are not in the market for the high performance of an RS model.” That should explain why it more or less resembles its faster sibling, then.

Beginning at the front of the car, the Clio GT Line sports the familiar (and rather large) Renault emblem that is embedded within a gloss black assembly that bridges the halogen headlights. Down below, LED daytime running lights are to be found within their respective housings. Elsewhere, the car is equipped with 17-inch alloy wheels, wrapped in 205/45 Michelin Primacy 3 tyres.

For added aesthetic flair, the Renault Clio GT Line gets body-coloured side protective mouldings with dark metal inserts, darkened side mirror housings, tinted rear windows and integrated rear door handles – the latter certainly helps to portray a coupe-like appearance. At the rear, the car sports the same spoiler from the Clio RS 200 EDC as well as a diffuser-like element within which resides a single exhaust outlet.

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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. Sending the power to the front wheels is a six-speed EDC dual-clutch transmission – 0-100 km/h takes 9.9 seconds while top speed is rated at 199 km/h. Fuel consumption is rated at 5.2 l/100 km with CO2 emissions recorded at 120 g/km.

Handling wise, the Renault Clio GT Line features a Macpherson-type front suspension setup that is linked to a “right-angled triangular lower wishbone with twin bushes” while the rear setup is comprised of a torsion beam setup with coil springs and an anti-roll bar.

The cabin boasts “dark carbon” fabric-trimmed seats while the design of the grey-dominated dash itself is said to have been inspired by “the shape of an aircraft wing.” Down below, Renault Sport-badged sill guards are to be found down below while an ‘Eco’ button located by the side of the parking brake is touted to help improve fuel economy by a further 10%.

Elsewhere, the Renault Clio GT Line is equipped as standard with a seven-inch MediaNav touchscreen navigation/infotainment system and the Renault Bass Reflex sound system – the latter is touted to “deliver the volume and listening enjoyment of a 30-litre home speaker enclosure.”

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Other forms of driver conveniences 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.”

As for standard safety features, the Euro NCAP five-star-rated Clio GT Line gets 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 CBU-from-Turkey Renault Clio GT Line is, as mentioned, priced at RM118,000 with OTR costs sans insurance. A five-year/unlimited mileage warranty accompanies each purchase while service internals are pegged at 10,000 km or six months, whichever comes first. Colour choices include Diamond Black, Glacier White, Malta Blue and Flame Red – the latter will cost an additional RM5,000.