Renault has confirmed its new 2012 range, which sees some models revamped, others dropped and the launch of new Dacia lines.
The radical new Renault range has been prompted by customer demands for a simplified range, and an economic imperative to concentrate upon the most popular Renault models.
One of the most controversial changes is the introduction of the new Dacia models, including the Duster SUV and Sandero supermini, which Renault hope will be able to emulate the success of bargain Far-Eastern brands like Kia.
So what stays, what goes and what is new?
Renault are keeping their most-loved models and rewarding them with sleek new design and upgraded trim levels.
It seems that Renault are looking to upgrade their image, with all new Renaults coming with luxury extras like air-conditioning, Bluetooth and iPod/MP3 connectivity as standard.
The new Renaults will come in a maximum of three trim levels, making the purchase of a new Clio or Twingo considerably simpler. The Scenic and Grand Scenic models take this even further, just offering one superior specification level.
Renault are increasing their electric car range, with new Twizy and Fluence vehicles being released.
They have also confirmed that the Renault Modus, Kangoo car and compact van, Wind Roadster, Laguna and Espace will no longer be available to purchase new in the UK from February.
Meanwhile, Renault looks to have shifted their focus on the budget end to its subsidiary brand Dacia.
Although the Romanian company isn’t well known yet in Western Europe, its new vehicles, like the Duster SUV, have already been garnering praise for their incredible good value for money.
A sneak peek at the new Renault Megane
As expected, the new Renault Megane sports an impressive range of equipment.
On the entry level Expression+ model, you get 16 inch alloys, the new upgraded radio with Bluetooth and iPod/MP3 connectivity, cruise control and a leather steering wheel.
The mid-range Renault Megane Dynamique TomTom comes with larger 17 inch alloys and LED lights, while opting for the GT Line TomTom brings the high-end Arkamys 3D sound system, an auto parking brake and rear parking cameras.
Renault are also poised to launch a special edition coupe-cabriolet model, the Floride.
This striking new addition to the Renault range comes in sophisticated ivory, with two-tone red and ivory upholstery, inspired by its classic 60s namesake.
Anticipating the new Clio IV
In preparation for the launch of the hotly anticipated Clio IV later this year, Renault have simplified and upgraded the existing Clio range.
Like the Megane, you now have a choice of Expression+, the best-selling Dynamique TomTom or the GT Line TomTom, which will now feature Electronic Stability Control as standard.
And so 2012 sees the expansion of their electric range, for mass marketing ordering.
Orders are now being taken for the Renault Twizy city car range before its April launch.
The range encompasses three models – Urban, Colour and Technic – that can be adapted with eye-catchingly chic extras such as half-scissor doors and a ‘clear sky roof’.
The Colour option is so-called because it includes blue, green and orange wraps both the interior and exterior of the car at no extra cost.
The Renault Fluence ZE saloon is set for its official launch, following the innovative online launch of the initial Prime Time version in the summer.
Now the updated range consists of Expression+ and Dynamique, both offering substantial equipment specifications in-line with Renault’s combustion engine powered cars.
The much-awaited ZOE range is still under wraps, but Renault boast that its launch in the autumn will cause a stir.
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