New electric Renault supermini concept to influence next Twingo
8 April 2013

The new Renault Twin-Z concept will influence a production car next year, thought to be the next Twingo

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. 

The car has powered suicide doors, which allow the central pillar to be dispensed with, opening up the cabin. The entire interior is covered in lights which follow the contours of the cabin, and the seats have been made as thin and as light as possible. They’re covered in a waterproof, fire-retardant material, and the seat frame is visible through the fabric to further lighten the cabin. The infotainment system is controlled from a tablet mounted in the middle of the dash. 

Much of the Twin-Z's detailing is purely conceptual, but expect the next Twingo to be available as a five door as well as a three door. Renault also wants the car to have a high degree of customisation, to compete with the likes of the Fiat 500 and Mini.

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8 April 2013

Quite a cool looking concept. In the French motorpress there has been talk of a R5 return, and Renault following the Fiat and Mini examples based upon the original R5. This concept does seem to have design connections with that for Renault and the the French car industry iconic model...

Faustcar

8 April 2013

...but that has to top them all. You wouldn't lose it in a carpark though, would you? That interior is even more outlandish.  Apparently the designer also styled Lufthansa's first class cabins. Wow, they must look like nothing else on earth!

8 April 2013

and look at the shape - just like a 5-door Fiat 500 might look?

Oh, and as for electric doors on an electric car - yeah, right!

8 April 2013

Renault really is down on cash. All the money clearly went on the interior concept, they went to the booses to ask if they could design a shell for it, and were told it would be cheaper to just go and buy a Fiat 500, and then tell people it has an electric engine...

8 April 2013

AllyHeathThinks wrote:

Renault really is down on cash. All the money clearly went on the interior concept, they went to the booses to ask if they could design a shell for it, and were told it would be cheaper to just go and buy a Fiat 500, and then tell people it has an electric engine...

With so much cribbing from other designs around, along with sheer lack of imagination, Renault can't be singled out for individual criticism. Only the FIAT 500 and Citroen DS3 have any spark of flair without descending to appalling Juke or Countryman levels.

8 April 2013

Flatus senex wrote:

AllyHeathThinks wrote:

Renault really is down on cash. All the money clearly went on the interior concept, they went to the booses to ask if they could design a shell for it, and were told it would be cheaper to just go and buy a Fiat 500, and then tell people it has an electric engine...

With so much cribbing from other designs around, along with sheer lack of imagination, Renault can't be singled out for individual criticism. Only the FIAT 500 and Citroen DS3 have any spark of flair without descending to appalling Juke or Countryman levels.

 

Think you are missing the obvious connection here, the Supercinque. Strong elements, especially front and back. With a hint of 4CV. I think teh production version will look amazing, definitely a step in the right direction. Renault at the moment are one of the most origina design houses around. It is a pity thet companies such as Kiahundai and VW are copying styling cues and bringing vehicles to market before them. 

8 April 2013

and saw fit to write his own name at the bottom of the door.

haz

8 April 2013

Why do a lot of conecpt cars have suicide doors, when they hardly ever make it to production? Its not amazing engineering, its just putting the hinges on the other side...

8 April 2013

@haz. Suicide doors are used on concept cars so that the interior can be clearly seen.  

8 April 2013

Surely that should be 81mph restricted top speed, not kph.

67bhp would eaily go over 100mph.

 

 

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