First pictures of a new, five-door Twingo testing - due to launch next year
19 September 2013

The all-new rear-engined, rear-drive Renault Twingo has been spied as a full-body prototype for the first time.

Due to launch in late 2014, the rear-engined configuration of the Twingo is a radical departure from the current supermini market - but its layout is a consequence of the Twingo being the sister car to Mercedes’ new Smart car family.

The new Renault Twingo and the new five-door Smart models will share the same all-new platform, all-new engines and transmissions and be built in the same factory in Nova Mesto, Slovenia.

While Smart will continue to produce a two-seater city car based on a shortened version of this platform at Hambach in France, the full-size architecture will be used both for the five-door Twingo and the new five-door Smart supermini.

The new model Twingo will finally pitch the French company into the growing – and potentially lucrative – market for ‘character’ superminis established by the Mini and further exploited by the Fiat 500 and new Vauxhall Adam.

The design of the new Twingo borrows heavily from the Renault Twin'Run concept, and also references the classic R5 with features including its sloping rear tailgate.

Very little information has so far leaked out concerning the new rear-mounted drivetrains, but it is understood that they have been engineered from scratch and will be three-cylinder units, hooked up to both a conventional manual gearbox and a new dual-clutch transmission.

This new platform is also designed to take an EV drivetrain, but there are no details yet on the battery size or likely range. There will be EV versions of the Twingo and both Smart models.

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

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19 September 2013

I like the idea of a rear- engined model. It would certainly give it some extra appeal over, for example, the Adam, but its a shame there doesn't seem to be a 3 door version planned. I'm assuming this is somewhat larger than the current and previous Twingos: Is the Twingo the new Clio, in the same way the Clio is the new Megane?

19 September 2013
catnip wrote:

I'm assuming this is somewhat larger than the current and previous Twingos: Is the Twingo the new Clio, in the same way the Clio is the new Megane?

From what i've read elsewhere, it should be about the same lenght as the current Twingo, if not slightly shorter.

Turismo wrote:

If it's big enough to be 5 door it's too big for my taste.
Shame would have liked rwd.

So, your list of potencial cars include the Smart ForTwo, the Toyota iQ and... What else?

19 September 2013

Something different. Good, confident effort from Renault. I'd have one given its layout, peppy 3 cylinder engine and dual-clutch auto 'box. Just needs to look good for massive sales.

19 September 2013

If it's big enough to be 5 door it's too big for my taste.
Shame would have liked rwd.

19 September 2013
Turismo wrote:

If it's big enough to be 5 door it's too big for my taste.
Shame would have liked rwd.

Well that rules out a lot of cars for you then!

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19 September 2013
superstevie wrote:
Turismo wrote:

If it's big enough to be 5 door it's too big for my taste.
Shame would have liked rwd.

Well that rules out a lot of cars for you then!

There's a lot of pretty small 5 door cars now, I'm thinking of the Up, Citigo, Mii trio in particular. They're very modestly sized, and for me it makes the front doors too small, but at least they offer the choice of 3 or 5 doors, unlike the Twingo which from all reports won't.

19 September 2013

On the 5 door front, I would also prefer the choice. However, maybe their thinking is that it is a USP against the 500, Mini, DS3 and Adam. Yes there are other small 5 door cars out there, but if the reports are to believed, the forfour and twingo are going for the premium/optioned end of the market

@Tuga, a Twizy?

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19 September 2013
superstevie wrote:

@Tuga, a Twizy?

Oooh, perfect. No doors at all.

19 September 2013

No 3 doors? Fool

A little high, no?

19 September 2013

This is the sister car to the next smart forfour - that car will be 3500mm long, so i'd guess the Twingo will be the same or very very close to it.

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