First spy pics of the new facelifted Renault Twingo set to be launched by the end of the year

Renault is planning a final round of changes for its Twingo city car before an all-new model is launched in 2014 as a sister car to the Smart Forfour.

The current Twingo, including the Renaultsport model, will get refreshed front and rear styling alongside some interior tweaks by the end of 2011.

See the spy pics of the revised Renault Twingo

But the biggest change to the range is likely to be the addition of Renault’s new 0.9-litre, three-cylinder petrol engine, first seen in Renault’s R-Space concept at the Geneva show earlier this year.

The next-generation Twingo will increase in size to make way for a new, smaller Renault city car that will be based on the next-gen Smart Fortwo.

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The two new Renault city cars are the latest stage in a wider co-operation between Renault and Daimler that was first announced last year.

Speaking to Autocar, Daimler boss Dieter Zetsche said the two firms “were moving forward on significant new projects” and both were exploring “more areas of mutual interest”.

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Our Verdict

Renault Twingo 2008-2013
Renault's baby received a cosmetic makeover in 2011

The Renault Twingo is fun, versatile and only slightly flawed. It’s a great effort

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