Renault has confirmed prices and specifications for its all-new Twingo city car. The new model goes on sale in late September, priced from £9,495.
The latest Twingo – the third in the model's lineage – is a radical departure, eschewing the standard city car configuration of an engine in the front, powering the front wheels. Instead, the Twingo is rear-wheel-drive and has its engine mounted underneath the boot.
Renault says this new layout will make the Twingo nippy in its natural urban habitat, reducing the turning circle and generally aiding manouvreability. The change also bodes well for any forthcoming performance-biased RenaultSport model, with the rear-drive layout likely to increase the car's appeal to keen drivers.
Two engines will be available from launch, both of which are three cylinder petrol units. The first is a turbocharged 0.9-litre unit developing 89bhp and 135Nm of torque. It'll whisk the tiny Twingo from 0-62mph in 10.8 seconds and on to a top speed of 103mph and return fuel economy and CO2 emissions figures of 65.7mpg and 99g/km respectively.
Alternatively there is a naturally aspirated 1.0-litre motor. Making do with just 69bhp and 123Nm, it is noticeable slower, taking 14.5 seconds to reach 62mph and topping out at 94mph.
Three trim levels are offered: Expression, Play and Dynamique. Standard equipment across the range includes 15-inch alloy wheels, cruise control, front fog lights, electric front windows, remote central locking and Emergency Brake Assist, which can automatically slam on the anchors to mitigate or avoid a low speed accident. Also fitted across the range is Renault's 'R & GO' system, which offers a variety of infotainment functions, including navigation and Internet radio through a compatible smartphone.
Mid-range Play models add air conditioning, height adjustment for the steering wheel and driver's seat, and two-tone wheel trims in place of the grey ones found on entry level cars.
Top-of-the-range Dynamique trim sees the Twingo gain 15-inch alloy wheels, graphic decals, front fog lamps, cruise control, lane departure warning, leather trimmed steering wheel and additional cabin storage bins.
A number of choice optional extras are also available, including rear parking sensors and a large panoramic fabric sunroof.
Following the current trend for car customisation, the new Twingo will also be offered with a host of style packs both the cabin and exterior, which bring it into line with cars such as the Vauxhall Adam and Fiat 500.