The Twin\'Z Renault EV electric concept announces another new Twingo with rear wheel drive
|   Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Renault has appealed to the industrial designer Ross Lovegrove, creator of the iconic Walkman, in order to leave his unmistakably fingerprint on Twin'Z EV (Electric Vehicle) concept, a unique mini with zero emissions. Powered by a 68 hp electric motor, it anticipates the future of the Twingo lines with rear-wheel drive, and the design is a true homage to the legendary Renault 5.

Renault unveiled its fifth concept of the series of six promised by new design chief Laurens van den Acker.
This is the first design study which is not revealed in a saloon car but in a cultural event held in Milan.
The overall design is a play of colors and lights, with the LED lights integrated into generously glazed surfaces, leaving the front pillars and stopping at the tailgate.

Ross Lovegrove used as the main source of inspiration contemporary organic elements. Twin'Z revives the spirit of its illustrious predecessor in proportions, defined and rounded surfaces, full of well… sex appeal. The optical blocks are reminiscent of a Geisha's eyes, and all the LEDs on the back mimics the smooth motion of flowing water, practically embracing the spoiler located above the highly inclined rear window. Eco philosophy is supported by the 18 inch wheels with spokes inspired by a tree that merge with the tires created by Michelin (with dimensions of 205/40 R18).
It measures 3627 mm long, 1705 mm wide and 1506 mm high. These sizes recommend it as a mini segment model. Even so, the wheelbase of 2495 mm ensures space for four passengers.

Baptized the Twin'Z Concept, the design study was developed on a tubular chassis and has a carbon fiber bodywork. Everything has been dressed in blue, a color that pays tribute to the shade obtained by the French painter Yves Klein.

Under the satin finish of the body lies an electric drive train, which is based on an electric motor rated at 70 hp and 226 Nm. It is kept going by four lithium-ion batteries located under the floor, which ensures an autonomy of 161 km. These resources are sufficient to set in motion the model of only 920 kilograms and even help it attain a top speed of 130 km / h.
The interior is revealed just beyond the four doors with the opposite opening. Thus, the central pillar was dropped for easy access. The seats are extremely thin and light with a visible frame, upholstered with a material that resists fire and water.

Everything retains a simplistic line, the central console being the only area where technology makes its presence felt through a tablet, responsible for all functions normally found in a multimedia system.

The future Twingo will go for the first time from the classic front-wheel drive configuration to an engine positioned at the rear and rear-wheel drive. The original architecture will bring more credibility which is absolutely necessary to regaining a leading position in the segment. Last year, the Twingo was surpassed by the Fiat Panda, Fiat 500 and VW Up!, And sales dropped by 31 percent. On the European market, about 92,569 copies were sold.
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