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New Renault Twingo Revealed, Sheds Light on Next-Gen Smart Cars

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 2/14/2014 Alex Nishimoto

Though we won't get it here in the 'States, the Renault Twingo previews what we can expect from the next generation of Smart cars. The rear-engine hatchback shares architecture with the next-gen Smart Fortwo and Forfour, and will make its public debut at the Geneva Motor Show next month.

As part of the alliance forged between Renault-Nissan and Smart's parent company Daimler, the Twingo and Smart cars were developed around the same platform. As a result, the formerly front-engine, front-wheel-drive Twingo moves to a more Smart-like rear-engine, rear-drive setup. The model also gains rear doors for the first time in its history, and Renault says the car's rear styling is meant to recall the rear-engine Renault 5 Turbo of the 1980s. The automaker reveals few details on the hatchback, except that it's "surprisingly maneuverable" with its engine in the back. The automaker also says the Twingo is roomier than before thanks to a longer wheelbase, and will come in four bright "pop" colors.

Renault Twingo© Provided by MotorTrend Renault Twingo

We previously reported that the next Smart Forfour is expected to be powered by the new 89-hp turbocharged three-cylinder found in the Renault Clio. That engine could be used in the Twingo as well, which would make for a decent upgrade over the current car's 70-hp, 68-lb-ft 1.0-liter I-3. We'll know more about the new Renault Twingo -- and likely, its Smart platform-mates -- when it debuts in Geneva on March 4.

Source: Renault


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