Renault has today revealed UK pricing and specifications for the much anticipated all-new, third generation, rear-engined Twingo, which was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in March and goes on sale from late September. Prices start at less than £9,500 for the entry-level Expression SCe 70, while the Play SCe 70 – which is expected to be one of the most popular models – comes in at less than £10,000.
There are three versions of Twingo – Expression, Play and Dynamique, powered by a choice of two engines – the new 1.0-litre 70 hp SCe three-cylinder normally aspirated engine and a Dynamique TCe 90 with a 0.9-litre 90 hp three-cylinder turbocharged unit. Dynamique models have Renault’s Stop & Start system, which cuts the engine when the car is stationary in traffic to reduce emissions and improve economy.
Connectivity comes as standard on every Twingo through the new smartphone-operated R & GO® system. Thanks to the radio, a universal cradle and a free-to-download app, owners have access to a variety of navigation, telephone, multimedia and trip computer functions as well as internet radio. Dynamique models offer the option of the R-Link multimedia system with a seven-inch touch-screen, voice control, TomTom® navigation and 3D sound by Arkamys. DAB radio, Bluetooth® connectivity and USB sockets are standard on every version.
All versions of Twingo come with body-coloured bumpers, door handles and exterior door mirror shells, a rear spoiler, LED daytime running lights, and a folding front passenger seat which maximises load capacity. An extensive range of personalisation options are available as Renualt looks to tap into this latest trend which is proving very profitable for manufacturers that get the offer right.
Thanks to a clean sheet approach Renault (with a little help from smart) has managed to reduce the length of the Twingo by 10 cm to 3.59 metres, whilst simultaneously adding 12 cm to the wheelbase (2.49 metres) and 22 cm more cabin room. Every model also now comes with five doors as standard boosting access to the rear seats.
Having the engine at the rear allows the front and rear overhangs to be kept short, which helps to endow the Twingo with a best-in-class turning circle of only 8.59 metres.
To ensure that rear crash protection and boot space aren’t compromised the engine is tilted by 49 degrees to ensure that it is pushed beneath the passenger cell if the car is hit from behind. This arrangement also means that it takes up 15 cm less space than if it had been mounted vertically.
Renault is particularly proud of its achievement in combining a rear-engined layout with practical space. As the only 5-door car in its segment with a folding front passenger seat as standard, Twingo’s cabin is long enough to take a flat-pack Swedish book case or a double bass thanks to its load length of 2.31 metres. Luggage capacity is 219 litres and can be extended to 980 litres by folding the 50:50 split rear seats. There is also 52 litres of personal storage space within the cabin, including a removable 2.6-litre compartment at the bottom of the centre console, 29 litres of space beneath the front seats – with nets available to hold items in place – and a 6.4-litre glovebox.
The three-cylinder 12-valve engines offer up to 14 mpg greater fuel economy with as much as 35 g/km lower CO2 emissions than the power units in the previous Twingo, culminating in official figures of 67.3 mpg and just 95 g/km for the Dynamique SCe 70 with Start & Stop. All versions exceed 60 mpg in mixed use and 50 mpg on the urban cycle.
The higher output TCe 90 hp engine manages 65.7 mpg (99 gCO2/km) and with 100 lb ft of torque at 2,500 rpm looks to be the pick of the bunch for those looking to exploit the rear wheel drive layout.