The Renault Clio and Captur are now available with the option of the company’s EDC dual-clutch transmission in conjunction with the fuel-sipping 1.5-litre dCi 90 diesel engine.

The six-speed EDC (Efficient Dual Clutch) gearbox offers a choice of fully automatic or manual modes, the latter controlled via a ‘tiptronic’ function that allows the driver to flick up and down through the gears using the gear lever.

The EDC gearbox uses two clutches – one controls the odd number gears, while the other covers the even number gears, plus reverse. An electronic control unit intelligently pre-selects the next gear and switches seamlessly between clutches, leading to fast and smooth gear changes.

The system also emulates the ‘creep’ of a conventional automatic transmission, making driving in heavy traffic easier, and provides hill-start support to prevent the vehicle from rolling backwards when pulling away on a slope.

The addition of the EDC gearbox has a positive effect on the car’s fuel economy and emissions, with the EDC-equipped Clio recording 76.0 mpg on the combined cycle while emitting just 95 g/km of CO2.

The new transmission is available on both the Clio and Captur Dynamique MediaNav and Dynamique MediaNav S models, with prices starting from £16,595 and £17,395 respectively.

In addition to the new gearbox, the £350 reversing camera is now an option on all MediaNav Clio models, while the Clio GT Line TCe 120 is now available with the Renaultsport Monitor 2.0 telemetry system from the Renault Clio RS.

The RS Monitor system collects data from a series of sensors, and displays them on the MediaNav screen in the form of a variety of graphs and diagrams.

The system monitors data such as engine speed, engine power and torque, air temperature, gearbox clutch and oil temperatures, turbo and brake pressures, steering angle, and so on.  It can also record acceleration times, braking to standstill times, G-force diagrams, and more.  The data can saved to a USB stick and shared with others.