Renault’s next-generation city car will share a platform with Smart’s four-seater
Matt Burt
13 July 2012

Smart has started testing the chassis that will underpin both its revived Forfour and Renault’s successor to the Twingo supermini.

This test mule, spied outside Mercedes’ technical centre in Germany, is believed to feature Smart/Mercedes hardware under body panels from the current Twingo.

As reported in March, Renault’s next-generation city car will share a platform with Smart’s four-seater as part of Renault-Nissan’s platform and drivetrain co-operation with Daimler.

A key element of that tie-up was ‘Project Edison’, a plan to create a modular platform that will underpin the Forfour and Twingo replacement, as well as Smart’s smaller Fortwo and, potentially, a new Renault equivalent.

Although the Forfour and Twingo will share a rear-engined, rear-wheel drive platform, they will have different exterior designs. Unlike the first Forfour, which used a conventional two-box design, the new model is set to adopt a more upright one-box profile. At 3500mm in length and 1550mm in height, the new Smart/Renault will be around 800mm longer than today’s Fortwo.

Power will come from a new range of four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines that are being developed as part of the Daimler/Renault-Nissan co-operation. Hybrid and electric powertrains are also expected. The cars will be built at Renault’s factory at Novo Mesto, Slovenia.

Renault’s version of the Forfour could adopt a new name, leaving the Fortwo sister car to be called Twingo.

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13 July 2012

800mm is a significant amount to add to the length of the Smart  - Adding nearly a metre in length will take away a big chunk of its round town practicality, making it a lot less "Smart".

13 July 2012

Orangewheels wrote:

800mm is a significant amount to add to the length of the Smart  - Adding nearly a metre in length will take away a big chunk of its round town practicality, making it a lot less "Smart".

I think Autocar are referring to the new Forfour here. The old Forfour was considerably longer if I remember correctly.

Both Smart and Renault will have to get this very right. The Clio obviously isn't hitting the right notes if the reaction here is anything to go by, and the Twingo will need to be a big improvement on today's equivalent. I'm looking forward to seeing both cars when they are eventually revealed.

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13 July 2012

twingo uggly car!vw up the best in the sgement!

13 July 2012

looking forward to seeing both cars.

13 July 2012

if the engine is in the rear, what happens to boot space?

13 July 2012

owenmahamilton wrote:

if the engine is in the rear, what happens to boot space?

That will be above the engine, like it is in my smart. If it's as big as a fortwo's, then it will be bigger than an Aygo, mini etc etc 

13 July 2012

I assume the boot will be under what short bonnet there is.

It'll be interesting, almost a return to old fashioned rear engined economy cars.

13 July 2012

@ owen

Should be reasonable boot space above the engine ala smart for two.

Is only a city car after all.

13 July 2012

From the point of view of looks this seems rather decent. Better than the faux SUV style of the Clio etc. or the beige cardigan on wheels which is the Up! Useless to speculate on how practical it will be.

13 July 2012

There isn't going to be a Renault version of the next fortwo - Renault decided there's only so many buyers for a 2 seater city car.

(from another site)

“It doesn’t make economical sense to launch a two-seater Twingo when the two-seater smart is already on the market,” said a company spokesman in an interview with France’s Le Figaro magazine.

The French automaker also explained that it fears a two-seater Twingo would steal sales away from the electric Twizy, a tiny vehicle that is undeniably closer to a motorcycle than a car.

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