Renault will transform its Twingo minicar into a five-door model from the current three-door vehicle. The move is a huge part of Renault's plan to appeal to more male buyers, Chief Operating Officer Carlos Tavares told Automotive News Europe, since the current three-door Twingo is largely acquired by female buyers.
Tavares remarked that through the Twingo, they could show that Renault could address female and male customers with the same product. The five-door Twingo is also part of the carmaker's bid to win customers downsizing from larger vehicles.
IHS Automotive analyst Ian Fletcher told Automotive News Europe that the five-door Twingo could help customers switching to smaller models, since having five doors will likely "help the decision-making process.
The third-generation Twingo will share a rear-wheel-drive platform with the new Smart ForFour, as part of the partnership between Smart's parent, Daimler, and Renault-Nissan.
The Twingo will be targeted against minicars like the Fiat 500 and Opel/Vauxhall Adam by offering a similar level of personalization options. According to Renault design boss Laurens van den Acker, personalization "is much more successful than we thought it would be."
He added that the rear-engine, rear-drive layout of the new Twingo will result to more space for passengers. He remarked that with the engine in the rear, the instrument panel can be shifted forward; resulting to a "relatively large cabin for a short length." Renault will start selling the third-generation Twingo in the fourth quarter of 2014.
The new Twingo is Renault’s first vehicle to sport the brand's new design identity. When it arrives in the market in early 2012, it will don a design that will become the aesthetic signature of all future Renault cars. A number of these styling features were adopted from Renault’s most recent concept cars.
Up front, the new Twingo truly conveys Renault’s new design approach. For instance, the Renault diamond is now larger and more upright as located on the hood. The badge is further emphasized by a black background. The front end of the new Twingo – just like the original model – is now more expressive, dynamic and appealing, thanks to its fog lights and round sidelights that are now placed next to the grille. The expressiveness of the front end is further highlighted by the 'eyelids' of the headlights.
The new Renault Twingo is still available in several exterior finishes. Furthermore, two new warm colors have been added to the palette of the new Renault Twingo: Fuchsia and Bermuda Blue. Moreover, the new Renault Twingo could now be equipped with the optional electrically operated fabric sunroof, but that depends on the market where it is being sold.
On the other hand, the rear end of the new Twingo now features new lights – located on the tailgate -- that supplement the main lamp cluster. These extra lights help augment the car lines, thereby mirroring the front end of the Twingo. The latest iteration of the Twingo now features softer rear lines, a rounder rear bumper and a more curved lower section of the tailgate.
Interestingly, the new Twingo is available with 24 different alloy wheel and wheel trims. One of these is a new wheel design with black diamond effect that helps the car achieve better aerodynamics and lower its carbon dioxide emissions.