Renault’s new Twingo will be sold in Britain as a right-hooker next time around. Today’s model never made the transition to right-hand drive, but its replacement, revealed in our artist’s impression, will become Renault’s cheapest – and most cheerful – model since the 4.
Incredibly, the current Twingo has been on sale virtually unchanged since 1993 – and it has another three years to soldier on before the new car is launched in 2007. It will join the French firm’s growing small-car family, sitting beneath the Clio supermini and Modus mini-MPV (right).
Today, Twingo prices start below £6000, and that is unlikely to change for the new model.
Twingo 2 will be built around the B platform developed by Nissan and Renault for their smallest cars, such as the Micra and next Clio. Sharing components with super-minis from the class above should guarantee the Twingo city car will get their technology and safety features.
However, the Twingo’s will remain a simple range, offering the choice of just one small petrol and diesel engine. Today’s model has even less choice – it is only sold as a 1.2 16-valve petrol.