Friday, January 8, 2010
Minor facelift for the Renault Modus mini MPV
Renault’s mini MPV has been given a fresh look for the model year in an attempt to spice up the cars poor European sales. The subtle changes start with the exterior’s new clear ‘crystal’ indicator lenses for the front and rear lights and the wing mirror indicators, while on the inside each trim level gains new seat upholstery and higher quality interior materials for the dash and centre console. Of course, there’s no change concerning the main reason for which the car’s bad sales –the extremely small boot size (198 litres!) for a car that want’s to play the role of a compact family model for young Europeans.
The Modus engine range is also unchanged, offering a total of six engines, three diesels – 68, 86 and 106hp, and three petrols – 75, 98 and 111hp, all driven via five-speed manual gearboxes with the exception of the dCi 106 which is six-speed. Also there’s a semi-automatic gearbox (Quickshift5) which will continue to be available with the dCi 86 engine alongside an automatic gearbox for the 1.6 VVT 111 petrol.