The all-new rear-engined, rear-drive Renault Twingo has been spied as a full-body prototype for the first time.
Due to launch in late 2014, the rear-engined configuration of the Twingo is a radical departure from the current supermini market - but its layout is a consequence of the Twingo being the sister car to Mercedes’ new Smart car family.
The new Renault Twingo and the new five-door Smart models will share the same all-new platform, all-new engines and transmissions and be built in the same factory in Nova Mesto, Slovenia.
While Smart will continue to produce a two-seater city car based on a shortened version of this platform at Hambach in France, the full-size architecture will be used both for the five-door Twingo and the new five-door Smart supermini.
The new model Twingo will finally pitch the French company into the growing – and potentially lucrative – market for ‘character’ superminis established by the Mini and further exploited by the Fiat 500 and new Vauxhall Adam.