Renault says it has been able to “reinvent the small car” due to the technical packaging of the next-generation Renault Twingo city car, which is set to use a rear-engined, rear-drive set-up that maximises interior space.
Renault’s chief operating officer, Carlos Tavares, said the Twingo, which is due at the end of next year, will be “compact, quite muscular and very agile, with a good ratio of roominess versus outside dimensions”.
“We were lucky that we were starting again with a blank sheet of paper, thanks to our alliance with Daimler,” said Renault design chief Laurens van den Acker. “We started with a new platform and that gave us the opportunity to reinvent the small car.
“I hope we can show it is the best way to go. If the engine is in the rear, you can shift the instrument panel forward so you can have a relatively large cabin for a very short length.
“Boot space is reduced, but you can compensate by coming up with clever functionality in the rest of the interior.”
As well as taking styling inspiration from the rear-drive, V6-engined Twin’Run concept revealed at the Monaco Grand Prix, the new Twingo will be informed by the electric Twin’Z design that appeared in April.
Van den Acker said two concepts were made to emphasise that the next Twingo will be a car with broad appeal. “If we’d just done Twin’Run, people would say, ‘This is for car enthusiasts’ and we’d make the focus very narrow,” he said. “By doing two concepts, we showed that you can do a lot with this.”