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TMR Team | Apr, 09 2013 | 0 Comments

This is the Twin'Z, a new Renault concept that combines a muscular stance with the familiar cute curves that dominate the sub-light or 'city car' segment.

Inspired by the legendary Renault 5 of the 80s, the Twin'Z is the work of British designer Ross Lovegrove and Renault's own styling boss Laurens van Acker.

While the vivid green wheels and satin paint job are unlikely to reach production, it is clear that the Twin'Z represents a first look at Renault's next Twingo city car.

Also unlikely to make production are the 'suicide' rear doors and pillarless cabin design, but there is little else to keep the Twin'z from hitting showrooms.

In fact, the next Twingo is expected to debut in its final form later in 2013, and spy photos over the past year have confirmed that development is nearly complete.

In concept form, the Twin'Z is powered by a rear-mounted 50kW electric motor, drawing energy from a bank of four lithium-ion batteries beneath the floor.

The new Twingo will share its platform with Daimler's next Smart ForTwo, and as with the current Smart, power in the Twin'Z goes to the rear wheels.

The Twin'Z measures 3627mm long and 1705mm wide, making it a touch larger overall than the current Twingo.

However, ith a 2495mm wheelbase, the new model should offer greater interior space than the 2365mm wheelbase of the outgoing model.

Renault says that even with a hefty set of batteries, the Twin'Z weighs less than 980kg - making it slightly lighter than the current Twingo. A petrol-powered production model would likely be even lighter.

 

TwinFun?

The debut of the Twin'Z also follows spy photos of a Renault-badged sports hatch caught recently in Spain, offering what could be a more complete look at the new Twingo.

The bright blue hatch shares an undeniable connection with the Twin'Z, but is decked out with production-friendly headlights, the familiar Renault grille and a more conventional rear end.

Could this be the next Twingo RS performance model? Only time will tell.

[TwinFun photo credits: KM77]

Watch for the new Twingo to appear in the coming months.

 
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