Sunday 23 November 2014

All systems are go for the new Renault Twingo

Published 06/08/2014 | 02:30

Renault Twingo
Renault Twingo

RENAULT'S new city car, the Twingo, is coming to Ireland and should be in showrooms by November.

There had been doubts about it going on sale here at all.

But it is now official that the new car will be on sale here, effectively, for anyone thinking of buying a new motor from the start of 2015.

As you probably know, the little car's engine is, unusually for a vehicle of this size, at the back.

It was jointly developed with Smart's new two-seat and four-seaters.

Renault say that having the power-plant at the rear like that, as well as the engine block being quite small, allows for a lot more space in the cabin.

It also should improve the turning circle, an important element for a car that is designed for urban driving and manoeuvring in tight spots.

And with more cabin space, having five doors (first time in a Twingo) makes a lot of sense.

We're told there will be lots of scope for personalisation (door mirrors, decals and side protective mouldings). That is a prerequisite in smaller 'cuter' cars these days.

For anyone who remembers the great Renault 5 - and especially that wonderful rear-engined 5 Turbo - it may (or may not) come as a surprise to discover that the new car's design has been heavily influenced by its renowned ancestor. I'm not so sure I see that much of a retrospective echo but then design lines are often in the eye of the beholder.

The whole Twingo concept caught the imagination way back but it has to be said the last one was far from inspiring. This one just might do the trick.

Irish Independent

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