The Renault 5-inspired successor to the Twingo will be positioned as an innovative, premium city car and is likely to adopt a rear-engined, rear-drive layout.
The Twingo follow-up is due to arrive in 2014. It will be part of an ambitious roll-out of new and refreshed Renault models over the next five years as the car maker attempts to bolster sales. The strategy also includes a Nissan Juke-style crossover, a new large saloon and at least one vehicle inspired by the striking R-Space concept first shown in 2011.
The new model is the first fruit of Renault’s platform and drivetrain co-operation with Daimler. A key element of that tie-up, when it was announced in 2010, was Project Edison, an initiative to create a modular platform to underpin the next Smart Fortwo and — in lengthened format — the Forfour and Twingo.
That platform is based on a rear engine/rear-wheel drive layout, and it seems highly likely that the Twingo successor will be a sister car to the Forfour, sharing that car’s rear-drive set-up.