Renault confirms new model range
Last year Renault announced that some of its range was, like a pheasant with a broken wing, to be culled. With a big rock, probably. Renault has announced that the dinky Modus, oddly shaped Kangoo (car and van), poorly-named Wind Roadster, unloved Laguna and MPV daddy Espace will not be returning to the 2012 line up. Neither will the Gordini cars.
So pour one out for your fallen homies and move on, because the new line up is a little bit exciting.Seven core models prop up the French brand's range while it waits for the 'leccylicious Z.E. range and the budget sister brand Dacia to join the fray.
The new Megane range will be rolling into view, as will the recently facelifted Scenic. The Clio will continue to chug on and will, from February 1st, be joined by the new Twingo. Oddly, the Clio will be the oldest design on the passenger car fleet.
New Megane drivers will be able to pick from three new engines, most impressive of which is the 1.5 dCI 110 Stop & Start, which manages 80.7mpg and emits only 90g/km CO2.
To make things easier for buyers (new and used alike) there will be a maximum of three spec choices per model.
Joining them will be the all-electric Z.E. range. The larger Fluence saloon leads the charge (pun not intended but left in) and the dinky Twizy city transport solution will join it. The Twizy retails for just under £7,000 (excluding £45 PCM battery rental) and comfortably seats two. It's got a respectable 60-mile range - reasonable considering it's the size of a lettuce. The controversially named ZOE supermini will arrive later in the year.
So it's all go for Renault. We're looking forward to seeing how the brand's electric range goes down in the infrastructure-light UK though.