The Renault Clio IV has been around since 2012 and is certainly due for an update, especially since other B-segment rivals like the Ford Fiesta, Volkswagen Polo and Seat Ibiza have all moved on to a new generation.

Thanks to our spies, we now have our very first look at the fifth-generation Clio in prototype form as it undergoes testing. Design-wise, the new model appears to be a downsized version of the Megane IV hatchback, albeit with a few unique touches.

While the wide front grille and central badge are similar to those on the Megane IV, the headlamps look a little bit more aggressive and gives the small hatch an “angry” look. Said headlamps also don’t appear to come with C-shaped LED 3D-effect light guides, although the camouflage could mask that detail.

Other visible aspects of the front bumper include the lower intake as well as a pair of reasonably-sized fog lamps. Compared to the current Clio, the new car appears to have a shorter nose as well.

The profile doesn’t look to have changed much from the current car either, with cues like a sloping roofline, raked windscreen and high-mounted door handles continuing to be retained. The heavily-covered rear makes it hard to see if the taillights have changed much, but they look to be two-piece units as before and could be smaller in size. The reverse camera looks to retain its position in the middle of the Renault diamond logo.

The new Clio will be based on the CMF-B platform, and will reportedly also share design elements with the SYMBIOZ concept. A variety of petrol engines will be offered including the new 1.3 litre turbo unit (also shared with the W177 Mercedes-Benz A-Class) plus other possibilities like diesel and mild hybrid powertrains. Reports indicate an unveiling for the Clio V will take place at this year’s Paris Motor Show in October.

GALLERY: Renault Clio IV facelift