The Next Renault Twingo Will Be Offered Only in the Five-Door Version
|   Friday, June 28, 2013
Renault has decided to add two doors of the new generation of Twingo. Carlos Tavares, the second man in the hierarchy of Renault-Nissan, said that this step will help to achieve the true potential of the model.

The next generation of Twingo has "a huge potential," says Renault's COO Carlos Tavares. He argues that the model will be oriented to male customers, who will appreciate the new features of the model. Renault's chief operating officer 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".


For the third Twingo generation, Renault will share the platform with partners from Daimler. A new SmartFortwo and Forfour will spawn from this platform too. Moreover, the range will include small displacement turbo engines currently offered only in specific markets.

The Twingo's new platform will provide a generous interior without changing the compact size of the model. The French are aware that the current model dimensions are problematic, and have made many potential customers to switch to other models, in many cases involving their competitors. It remains to be seen how large will the new Twingo be, a model expected to start production in the latter part of this year, according to the French brand officials statements.

Renault claims it has been able to "reinvent the small car" due to the technical packaging of the next-gen Twingo. It will use a rear-engined, rear-drive setup that maximizes interior space.

"We were lucky that we were starting again with a blank sheet of paper, thanks to our alliance with Daimler," stated 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."

He continued by saying that 2 concepts were made to emphasize the fact that the new Twingo will be a car with large-specter 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."

"The rear glass shape is iconic and saves us weight," van den Acker says. "It is lighter than a hatchback with a steel section. On top of that, for a city car to create good visibility makes really good sense."
However, the Twingo will not have the retro design cues the Fiat 500 has, at least no to that degree.

"The monospace silhouette is hard to achieve now due to pedestrian safety demands. So we had to go with a little nose, which you can see on the Twin'Run."
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