The new Renault Twingo has been revealed in an online strip tease ahead of the Geneva Motor show starting March 4th.
The first of its kind to come in a five-door guise, it is to be built along side Daimler’s next generation two-seater and four-seater Smart after an agreement was confirmed in 2010.
The Twingo will be rear engined and rear wheel drive with a nod to the Renault 5 turbo. Changing from a conventional front engined and front wheel drive allows more manoeuvrability and a tighter turning circle, perfect for city driving along with added interior cabin space giving the feel of a car in a higher segment according to Renault.
The Twingo will come in a choice of four colours; light blue, red, white and yellow as did its predecessor. There is a lot of personalisation available with the new model starting with colour coordinated profile graphics to match wing mirrors, grill inserts and cabin trim. The rear door handles are hidden away in the windows as can be seen in the larger Clio models, even though the new model is smaller than its predecessor. There are images to show that a retractable fabric roof may be made available as seen on the Fiat 500C and the Citroen DS3 convertibles.
There is no word on engines just as yet, but it is highly likely that a three-cylinder turbo charged engine would make its way into the line up as can be seen in the larger Renault Clio.
“It is a modern take on the city car genre with the accent on innovation in terms of its lines and architecture. The new Twingo is a fun, playful and vibrant city car.” Laurens van den Acker, Head of Industrial Design at Renault said.
There were no peeks at the interior, but it will be revealed at Geneva motor show.