The five-door, four-seater Renault Twingo will now be available with French carmaker’s innovative gearbox, the Efficient Dual Clutch transmission (EDC). This transmission, which will be paired with the vehicle’s TCe90 engine, is basically an automatic dual dry clutch transmission dispensing that requires a clutch pedal.
It features the PRND gearshift control with an 'up/down' shift mode. An electronic control unit is tasked to select the ideal gear. In addition, the gearshifts are automatic. The availability of the EDC transmission on Twingo should mean that this gearbox can now be fitted on majority of the range, for just £900 more than the equivalent manual version.
With a very quick shift time of 290ms, the EDC transmission allows for comfortable and smooth trips. This transmission features a ‘creep’ control, which should prove to be a great help during crawling traffic, as it helps pull the vehicle away gradually when the driver steps off from brake pedal.
Moreover, the EDC transmission features Hill Start Assist as standard, which means hill starts are now safer especially with the assistance provided by the ‘creep’ control system. Twingo customers could choose from any of the four available versions and any of the two available three-cylinder engines: a 1.0-liter 70hp normally aspirated engine or a 0.9-liter 90hp turbo.
A Twingo fitted with EDC transmission will come with the 0.9-liter 90hp turbo engine, which will be available with the carmaker’s ECO mode. When this mode is selected, the management of the gearbox ECU (Electronic Control Unit) will be modified to allow gear shifts even at lower rpm, thereby resulting to 10-percent reduction in fuel consumption.
On the other hand, customers who opted for the Dynamique trim will be provided with six-spoke 15-inch ‘Ariane’ alloy wheels as standard, in lieu of the 15-inch ‘Exception’ alloys. Additionally, customers opting for Dynamique and Dynamique S trim levels could choose to have the rear windows extra-tinted.
Because of the Twingo rear-engine, rear-wheel-drive layout, the vehicle has become compact yet spacious. And since the engine is mounted 49 degrees to the vertical, the vehicle is able to offer a boot capacity of between 219 liters (when seats are fitted in cargo) and 980 liters (when seats are folded).
Additionally, thanks to its mechanical layout, the movement of Twingo’s front wheels is not limited by the engine, resulting to a turning circle of less than 8.6 meters. Vehicle connectivity is made possible by smartphone-operated R&GO feature (standard) or Renault’s R-Link multimedia system with seven-inch touch-screen (optional).
For those who love to customize their vehicles, they could do so with the Twingo as Renault also offers an array of personalization elements for the car.
At a starting price of £9,495, Twingo comes with a four-year warranty that includes unlimited mileage in the first two years and protection coverage of up to 100,000 miles in the next two years. Twingo also comes with a four-year roadside assistance.
2016 Renault Twingo with EDC transmission is priced from £12,595 and it is available to order now, with first deliveries from January.