An electric supermini, the Twin-Z is described as a sister car to a three-door, rear-drive hatch concept that will appear next month. The Twin-Z is also rear-drive, but uses an electric motor instead of a combustion engine and has five doors.
It isn’t hugely powerful or quick - 67bhp and 167lb ft, for a top speed of 81kph - but at 3623mm long it is small and with a weight of 980kg, which is fairly light.
It also has a sophisticated suspension set up for a car of its size, with double wishbones at the rear and adjustable Ohlins dampers, while the wheel-at-each-corner stance gives the car a more planted look. Moving the wheels and associated suspension components to the car’s corners also frees up interior space.
The car’s design is a collaboration between Renault and British designer Ross Lovegrove, who has worked on projects from a bicycle made from bamboo to the interior of Lufthansa’s first class cabins. Lovegrove also designed the wheels, and Michelin developed a bespoke set of tyres for the car.