2015 RENAULT TWINGO
Renault has released a family album of its new Twingo line-up, offering a first official look at the heavily previewed hatch.
Destined for next month’s Geneva Motor Show, the new Twingo has appeared in concept form twice; first as the out-there Twin’Z art car in April last year then surfacing again in May as the potent V6-engined Twin’Run racing concept.
The big news however is that the production Twingo is doing a switcheroo to rear-engine and rear-wheel-drive.
Rear engine, rear-wheel-drive? At last: some reason for joy for anyone who laments the disappearance of individuality and the cloned styling and engineering of modern cars.
With the new Twingo, Renault is giving us a 21st century 'take' on the Hillman Imp, Fiat 850 and the long lamented Superbug. And whoever thought we'd see the like again?
“New Renault Twingo was inspired not only by the original Twingo, but also by the Renault 5," Renault design boss Laurens van den Acker said.
"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."
Engine details are still to come, but we shouldn’t expect the huge 3.5 litre V6 of the Twin’Run to feature in the final line-up.
The 50kW electric motor of the Twin’Z could appear someday, although the tiny Renault Zoe EV may keep an electrified Twingo from showrooms.
The rear-engine layout will likely be matched to small three-cylinder petrol and diesel engines.
Having the engines mounted over the rear wheels will free up space at the front end as well as allowing the tightest of turning circles.
"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 New Twingo also boasts the sort of wheelbase and roomy interior more generally associated with models in the next segment up," Renault says.
Watch for more on the new Twingo to come with its unveiling in Geneva.