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Christopher Bruce2013-06-11 20:19:25

Renault Claiming Next Twingo Will 'Reinvent' Small Cars

New rear-engined car will be available next year

The Twin'Run concept showed the performance ideal of the next Twingo

RenaultRenaultRenaultFrance, 1898 > present189 models
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17 videos
is claming that the next generation TwingoTwingoRenault TwingoFrance, 1992 > present3 series
70 versions
213 photos
1 video
will "reinvent the small car" when it goes in sale late next year, according to Renault Cheif Operating Officer Carlos Tavares. 

The next-gen Twingo is sharing a platform with the next Smart ForTwoFortwosmart FortwoGermany, 1997 > present3 series
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4 videos
, and DaimlerDaimlerDaimlerGermany, 1889 > present12 models
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1 video
and Renault co-developed the platform together. The biggest change is that the engine will not be rear mounted, and the car will be rear-wheel drive. Renault claims that this will mean more interior space. 

Tavares says the car will be “compact, quite muscular and very agile, with a good ratio of roominess versus outside dimensions."

Renault head of design Laurens van den Acker says that the new platform meant he could create an entirely new design for the car. It allowed his team to shift the instryment panel forward to give a larger cabin in a short length. The downside is less cargo space. 

Van den Acker says that the Twin'RunTwin RunRenault Twin RunFrance, 2013 > 201314 photos
and Twin'ZTwin ZRenault Twin ZFrance, 2013 > 201320 photos
concepts that have been shown in the last few months show his direction for the car. One design element that will carry forward from the concepts is the rear glass shape, which reduces weight over a steel section and allows for good visibility.

European pedestrian safety standards also mandate a short, high nose for the car. 

Unlike the TwinRun, the next Twingo will not be as retro-inspired. The Renault 55Renault 5France, 1972 > 19962 series
23 versions
132 photos
has been more of a spiritual inspiration than a literal design inspiration.

Source: Autocar

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