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Tuesday, 23 December 2008

Renault Symbol is officially presented in Argentina

We have mentioned many times a project from Renault called L35. This project has become what now is known as Renault Symbol/Thalia. Built over the same base used for Clio II, more specifically the one used by the sedan version of this car, it features more harmonic lines than the car it replaces. It had exactly the same names of the new car in some countries and, in other, it was named Clio Sedan. We have also mentioned it would be produced in Argentina, an information Renault has confirmed yesterday, with the official presentation of the car.

Although its prices have already been disclosed, the new sedan, to be called Symbol, in Argentina, will only be sold there from February 2009 on. It will have three engines options. The cheapest ones, petrol-powered, are a 1.6-litre 8V that produces 90 bhp at 5,500 rpm and a 1.6-litre 16V that pumps out 106 bhp at 5,750 rpm. The third one, turbodiesel, is a 1.5-litre that generates 65 bhp at 4,000 rpm.

There will be also three trim levels: Pack, the cheapest one, Confort and Luxe, the most complete. Pack will be offered both for the 1.6-litre 8V engine (48,060 pesos, or US$ 15,403) and for the 1.5-litre dCi (56,240 pesos, or US$ 18,025) engine. Confort will be part of the 1.6-litre 16V engine (52,770 pesos, or US$ 16,913) and the diesel engine (59,980 pesos, or US$ 19,224), while the Luxe trim level will be only available for the 1.6-litre 16V petrol engine (57,850 pesos, or US$ 18,541).

Symbol is 4.26 m long, 1.44 m tall, 1.93 m wide and has a wheelbase of 2.47 m. Although it is basically a Clio Sedan in its underpins, it seems to be much better looking than the previous model. Let's see how buyers react to the new design and if it will help Renault sell more in key markets, such as Brazil, where it will be presented at the beginning of 2009.

Source: Renault

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