2009 Renault Symbol coming to GCC soon
So I went to yet another corporate Iftar party, this time hosted by Renault, and while my PR guy was stuffing himself as usual, I noticed in their presentation that the Renault Symbol was going to be launched in Dubai and the GCC sometime next year, along with the Logan. The Symbol would replace the outdated Clio Classic sedan.
Itself largely based on the old Clio that it will be replacing, the Symbol is what Renault calls a “three-box saloon,” simply because they aren’t used to making straightforward sedans. Unlikely to be built in France, the Symbol will be a low-budget model, with equally low-budget engine choices – 75 hp 1.2-litre, 75 hp 1.4-litre, 98 hp 1.4-litre and 105 hp 1.6-litre.
Everything is basic, including ABS being optional, standard rear drum brakes, optional passenger-side airbag, and the available 4-speed automatic. The 5-speed manual, power steering and at least one airbag are all standard.
I drove my buddy’s company-fleet Clio sedan the other day. It handles like a sports car, but has an awful engine, no useful cup-holders, stiff power steering, and barely any cabin space. Since the sedan is really a Clio hatchback with an add-on ass, the rear-seat legroom is horrible, while the luggage trunk is huge! The Symbol looks like it is following the same ill-conceived formula, and with the same cheap interior too. Expect prices to be under Dhs 50,000.
For updated information, prices and specs, visit the Renault Symbol buyer guide.