Renault South Africa has confirmed adjusted launch timing for its new Clio and Captur, with the fresh-faced models pushed back to 2021.

While the French firm’s local arm had previously planned to introduce the two new-generation models before the end of 2020, it seems the COVID-19 pandemic has delayed both launches.

As a result, the new Clio is scheduled to arrive in South Africa in the second quarter of 2021, with the new Captur likely to follow in the second half of the year. Before then, though, Renault also plans to launch a new Triber variant employing the company’s automated manual transmission (AMT).

Revealed late in January 2019, the fifth-generation Clio is interestingly some 14 mm shorter than the outgoing model, although the French firm claims the hatchback is “more spacious inside”. Engine options for Europe include a naturally aspirated 1,0-litre three-pot, a turbocharged 1,0-litre three-cylinder, a turbocharged 1,3-litre four-pot and a 1,5-litre four-cylinder turbodiesel unit.

And the Captur? Well, the covers came off the second-generation model in July 2019, with the newcomer growing in length by a full 110 mm. Engine options in Europe largely mirror those of the Clio.

Original article from Car