Two decades after it revolutionised the small car segment with the first-generation Twingo, Renault has taken a fresh look at its celebrated city car. The brand’s engineers and designers started from a blank sheet of paper and took their inspiration from the legacy left by the original Twingo and the Renault 5. The result is a new, innovative and agile car that is great fun to drive.
The aim was to create an even roomier
and more agile city car, despite its smaller footprint, and this is how
the idea of switching to a rear-mounted engine took form, in spite of
the higher development costs this entailed.
Renault’s thoughts found an echo in
those of Daimler which, at the same time, was exploring ideas for the
next-generation two- and four-seat versions of the Smart. After early
talks, a strategic cooperation agreement was concluded by the two firms
in 2010, marking the official green light for the joint-development of
New Twingo and the next versions of the two- and four-seat Smart.
Positioning the engine at the rear is a significant plus for a small city car since it frees up the front end and considerably improves the turning circle. Indeed, All New Twingo is surprisingly manoeuvrable in built-up areasand parking calls for only a few turns of the steering wheel.
Combined with the use of a smaller block and the positioning of the wheels at the car’s extreme corners, the rear-mounted engine also frees up extra cabin space, while All New Twingo also boasts the sort of wheelbase and roomy interior more generally associated with models in the next segment up.
Thanks to its pleasantly agile handling, spacious cabin and small front end, New Twingo delivers all the fundamentals that made the initial Twingo such a hit when it was unveiled at the 1992 Paris Motor Show.
Mirroring the Twin’Z and Twin’Run concept cars that Renault presented in 2013, New Twingo oozes personality.
Like its forebear, New Twingo comes in a choice of four vibrant ‘pop’ colours (light blue, white, yellow and red), an unmistakable sign that the Twingo spirit is well and truly back!
Other cues are heavily inspired by the Renault 5, including the rake of New Twingo’s rear screen and its prominent shoulders which are redolent of the rear-engined Renault 5 Turbo that proved so popular with the public in its day.
The front end features the brand’s new trademark styling, including a
prominent Renault logo set to a black background. New Twingo’s
expressive gaze is reinforced by its big head lights, which are topped
by the direction indicators, as well as by its LED daytime running
lights which combine a hi-tech feel with an echo of the model’s
predecessors. New Twingo’s lines give it a cheery yet robust air, while
the small car’s sprightly personality is further underpinned by its
readily recognisable lighting signature.
The originality of All New Twingo’s wide glass hatch makes an important contribution to the modernity its rear-end styling, while the rear lights are a natural prolongation of the tailgate.
Meanwhile, the new city car’s five-door architecture – a first in the history of the model – makes it even more versatile than ever. Indeed, New Twingo carries over some of the keys that are behind the success of its sibling, New Clio, including a sleek profile, concealed rear door handles and plenty of scope for personalisation thanks to the range of body colours and customisable exterior trim features like the door mirrors, side protective mouldings and decals. The four body colours and customisation options mean that New Twingo can take on a host of stances, from urban to sporty, feminine and masculine.
“New Renault Twingo was inspired not only by the original Twingo but also by the Renault 5. It is a modern take on the city car genre with the accent on innovation in terms of its lines and architecture. New Twingo is a fun, playful and vibrant city car."
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