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Renault Twingo

Posted on: March 19, 2014 by Platinum Direct

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Two decades after it made a big impact on the small car segment with the first generation Twingo, Renault has taken a fresh look at its city car. The engineers and designers started from a blank sheet of paper and took their inspiration from the legacy left by the original Twingo and the Renault 5. The result is a new, innovative and agile car that is said to be fun to drive. Now Renault has taken the wraps off new Twingo, the appeal of which includes a choice of four striking colours and a truly assertive personality.

Back in 2008, Renault’s engineers and designers set out to create the next-generation Twingo with the aim of rekindling the innovative spirit that was such a hallmark of the original Twingo which was first released in 1992. The aim was to create an even roomier and more agile city car, despite its smaller footprint, and this is how the idea of switching to a rear-mounted engine took form, in spite of the higher development costs this entailed.

A rear-mounted engine for agile handling and extra cabin space so positioning the engine at the rear is a significant plus for a small city car since it frees up the front end and considerably improves the turning circle. Indeed, new Twingo is surprisingly manoeuvrable in built-up areas and parking calls for only a few turns of the steering wheel.

Combined with the use of a smaller block and the positioning of the wheels at the car’s extreme corners, the rear-mounted engine also frees up extra cabin space, while the Twingo also boasts the sort of wheelbase and roomy interior more generally associated with models in the next segment up.

Like its forebear, the new Twingo comes in a choice of four vibrant ‘pop’ colours (light blue, white, yellow and red), an unmistakable sign that the Twingo spirit is well and truly back. Other cues are heavily inspired by the Renault 5, including the rake of New Twingo’s rear screen and its prominent shoulders which are part of the rear-engined Renault 5 Turbo that proved so popular with the public in its day.

The front end features the brand’s new trademark styling, including a prominent Renault logo set to a black background.

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