Renault reveal rear-drive Twingo

Renault has revealed their new Twingo, and it’s quite a departure from the norm.

Sharing its underpinnings with the forthcoming Smart ForTwo, the Twingo switches to a rear-engined layout with rear-wheel drive.

Positioning the engine at the rear makes a significant difference to a city car, freeing up space at the front of the car and considerably improving the turning circle.

Combined with a downsized engine and wheels at the extreme corners of the car, the new Twingo provides as much space inside as you might expect from vehicles a segment up.

The design work is intended to echo that of the original Twingo and the earlier Renault 5, with the rake of the new Twingo’s rear screen and its prominent shoulders apparently bringing to mind memories of the much revered Renault 5 Turbo.

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Elsewhere, modern Renault cues appear, such as the prominent diamond logo set on a black background. LED daytime running lights sit below bold headlights that lead to a cheery but chunky body.

For the first time there’ll be a five door option, although the rear door handles are hidden away to retain a three-door style.

As with any modern supermini, personalisation options abound, with a range of body colours and customisable exterior trim features like the door mirrors, side protective mouldings and decals.

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“New Renault Twingo was inspired not only by the original Twingo but also by the Renault 5,” explained Laurens van den Acker, head of industrial design at Renault. “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.”

The Twingo will be revealed in the flesh at the Geneva motor show, with final pricing and specification details expected then.

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