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Mike Stevens | Feb, 03 2014 | 0 Comments

Renault has confirmed that its next-generation Twingo hatch will debut at March’s Geneva Motor Show.

The new Twingo is expected to wear styling influenced by last year’s Twin’Z art project and the Twin’Run racing concept.

In production form, we can likely expect the new Twingo to take its front and rear-end styling from the hotted-up Twin'Run, while utilising the five-door layout of the earlier Twin'Z.

And while a three-door version is not expected to appear, sports-minded drivers may at least be won over by the new Twingo’s switch to a rear-wheel-drive layout.

That configuration is thanks to sharing its platform with Daimler’s rear-engined new Smart Fortwo, but design boss Laurens van den Acker says the new Twingo was also developed to counter a largely female-driven sales record for the current model.

Renault has yet to offer any details on the new Twingo’s powerplants, but it is expected that three-cylinder petrol and diesel engines will feature, mated to manual or dual-clutch automatic transmissions.

On a practical level, the rear-engined and rear-wheel-drive layout is also expected to free up more interior space, offering a larger cabin than a sub-light model can usually afford.

Like the still-popular Fiat 500 and the new Opel Adam, the new Twingo will grab attention on the street by offering a range of personalisation options, including interior and exterior colours, two-tone themes and body graphics.

"[Personalisation] is much more successful than we thought it would be," van den Acker told industry paper Automotive News.

"We all look with admiration at the success of the 500. The best cars have a double personality. They look feminine and masculine at the same time."

That's important for Renault, because it will take an outgoing - and even slightly retro - look for the new Twingo to compete with the 500 and the Adam.

But, mostly important for Australian buyers is the confirmation that the new Twingo will be offered in right-hand-drive, meaning there's an outside chance we could at last see the Twingo join the growing local city-car market.

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