2012 Renault Twingo Facelift will have a price tag of £10,350 in the UK

Article by Christian Andrei, on January 23, 2012

UK pricing and specifications for Renault’s New Twingo have been announced before the model’s launch in February 2012. A price tag of £10,350 has been attached to the Dynamique 1.2 16V 75 version. This latest model from Renault has better styling and has a cheekier front end. It also gets the new Renault design identity, plus revised bumper, tailgate and new rear lights.

All the new Twingos qualify for the Renault 4+ program valued at £900, to be launched on February 1.

This package consists of a comprehensive four-year/100,000 mile warranty, free routine servicing for four years/48,000 miles, four years roadside cover and up to four years finance (lease or PCP, subject to status). Just like the first-generation Twingo, the new model has an expressive, appealing front end and its dynamic, playful character is highlighted by its fog lights and round sidelights that have been placed next to the grille.

The headlights have ‘eyelids’, which add to its unique looks. Renault’s Senior Vice President, Corporate Design, Laurens van den Acker said on its global debut in Frankfurt last year that the New Twingo’s “sensuous styling and seductive appeal” signify a return to Twingo’s original personality.

New Twingo is offered in warm, original new colors dubbed Fuchsia and Bermuda Blue, adding to the seven existing body colors. For the UK market, the New Twingo gets the 1.2 16V 75 engine, which returns 55.4 mpg in the combined cycle with a CO2 emissions level of 119g/km – making it qualify for the zero road fund license for the first year. It costs £30 starting on the second year.

At its world debut in Frankfurt last year, Renault’s Senior Vice President, Corporate Design, Laurens van den Acker said: “We have heightened New Twingo’s sensuous styling and seductive appeal, marking a return to Twingo’s original personality. We have also given the front end the brand’s new design identity which will be seen on all our new models.”

While the Renault is already offering ten choices for roof decals of the Twingo, the company disclosed that it will be presenting a collection composed of five new choices. While each of the roof decals will be fitted in the factory, all of them are expected to display an attractive and strong personality with contrasting themes and thus provide a different visual ambience.

In addition, two of the new decals can be matched with the upholstery and interior. The company is also offering customers that chance to choose colors for the door mirrors and the tips of the Twingo’s protective side moldings. Each color selection though gives a contrast to the color of the body. Thus while the final result may not be unique, it is sure to be elegant.

Renault shared that this personalization option will be released using an online configurator that is also guaranteed to deliver fun. Due to the attractive pricing, this customization is easily affordable to many customers. Powering the new Twingo is the 1.2-liter TCe engine which boasts of output at 100 hp and maximum torque, available at low revs, at 155 Nm.

Even as the larger engine capacity means that driving enjoyment is guaranteed, lower fuel consumption is maintained. Due to the different improvements being implemented, this has benefited the prized engines of Twingo which include the 1.2 liter V6 petrol engine, with output of 75 hp, the dCi 75 diesel engine, and the dCi 85 diesel engine. By fine-tuning components to make them aerodynamic, this has helped improve fuel efficiency while lowering greenhouse gas emissions but not at the expense of driving enjoyment.

In fact, with fuel consumption of 3.4 liters/100 km, the two diesel engines can be considered as the most economical for its segment. The company also revealed that by 2012, the Twingo is expected to achieve benchmark levels with CO2 emissions of 102 g/km for the petrol engine and 85 g/km for the two diesel units. In fact, the Twingo is part of the city cars that are equipped with the Euro5 diesel engines which mix fuel efficiency with performance.

In terms of design, the new Twingo is unique in that while the exterior dimensions are compact, there is enough space in the interior. Knee room for example is at 22 cm, clearly one of the best in the segment. In addition, the Twingo has always been proud of its versatility and this is seen in the rear seats which allow for a 50/50 split. This has a practical side to it as it can increase the boot capacity to 959 cubic dm. from 230 cubic dm.

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