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Renault reinvents its urban icon

By Carlos A. Pefaur
Herald Staff
After having revolutionized the urban segment with the Twingo, Renault has reinvented this successful model. Starting on a fresh leaf, the engineers and designers at Renault have been inspired by the legacy left behind by the original Twingo and the legendary R5. The result is an urban, agile, innovative and lucid new model.

On March 4, at the Geneva Auto Show, the new Twingo will be presented to the public. As has been done on the exterior, the Twingo’s designers have created a bright, cheerful, ingenious and practical interior for everyday use.

In 2008, engineers and designers at Renault thought up the future Twingo and recover the innovative spirit that led to the original’s development in 1992.

The objective was to create a small urban vehicle that optimized interior space and agility, minimizing exterior size. That’s how the idea to place the engine in the rear was conjured.

In that context, Renault crossed paths with Daimler, which at the time was working on its Smart range. After copious collaboration, in 2010, a strategic cooperation agreement was signed by both companies, giving the green light for the New Twingo project to go ahead, as well as the two and four-seater Smart cars.

Placing the engine in the rear frees up the frontal carriage and allows for a significantly better turning radius, a notable advantage for a small urban model. The architecture, with the engine at the back, also frees up space inside.

Very cheerful

In line with the new Twin’Z and Twin’Run concept cars presented in 2013, the new Twingo brings a very cheerful, strong personality.

As with its predecessor, the car exhibits a four-colour “pop” pallet that is full of life: “light blue, white, yellow and red.” The spirit of the Twingo is back!

Certain design elements have taken direct inspiration from the R5: the well-defined rear window and the inclination of the spoiler bring back memories of the celebrated R5 Turbo, which marked an era with its rear engine.

The front has acquired Renault’s identity codes, with a logo on a black background standing out. The Twingo has an expressive front end, with headlights that are reingorced by intermittent and day-time LED lights, a mix of technology and innovation, along with a touch of the original vintage Twingo look. These elements of design bring the Twingo an air of pleasantness and robustness, with a luminous signature that emphasizes its marked personality.

The wide trunk door and its window contribute to the rear’s modern look, while the taillights are integrated to perfection, extending said trunk. For the first time, the Twingo offers a 5-door body.

The car also draws inspiration from the keys of the New Clio’s success: fluidity of the lines thanks to hidden rear door handles, personalization through the pairing of body colours with exterior decor items such as mirrors and lateral bumpers and stripes.

“The New Renault Twingo takes inspiration from the original Twingo, but also the R5. It is a modern interpretation of the urban car, with a clear commitment to innovation in style and architecture. The New Twingo is a fun, playful car, full of the sparkle of an urban vehicle, noted Laurens van den Acker, Director of Industrial Design at Renault.

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