The new Twin-Z concept from Renault is expected to influence a production car in 2014, believed to be the next Twingo. Renault and British designer Ross Lovegrove got together to create the design for this car. Lovegrove has overseen diverse projects such as a bamboo bicycle and the interior of the first class cabins of Lufthansa planes.
The Twin-Z, an electric supermini, is believed to be a sister car to a three-door, rear-drive hatch concept that is set to debut in May. The Twin-Z is rear-drive with five doors. Instead of a combustion engine, it is equipped with an electric motor. It isn’t very fast; it also doesn’t offer much power. With an output of 67bhp and 167lb ft, the vehicle is capable of a top speed of 81kph.
It’s small with a length of 3623mm; it’s also light, weighing just 980kg. In addition, it uses a very advanced suspension suited for a car of its size. It features double wishbones at the rear and comes with adjustable Ohlins dampers, while it gets a more planted appearance due to its wheel-at-each-corner stance.
Interior space is increased by shifting the wheels and the associated suspension components to the car’s corners. Furthermore, the wheels were designed by Lovegrove. Michelin also worked on a bespoke set of tires specifically for this car. It is equipped with powered suicide doors, opening up the cabin as the central pillar can now be taken out.
Lights cover the entire interior, following the cabin’s contours. Its seats were built to be as thin as they can be and they’re covered in a waterproof, fire-retardant material. The cabin gets even lighter as the seat frame is visible through the fabric.
Controlling this infotainment system is a tablet installed in the middle of the dash. The detailing of the Twin-Z is entirely conceptual but the upcoming Twingo is believed to be offered as a three-door and as a five-door. In addition, Renault wants the car to offer a high degree of customisation, competing with models such as the Fiat 500 and Mini.
Renault Twin'Z is a modern and fun urban car. It is undoubtedly a product of the carmaker's creative legitimacy that's founded on a fresh approach. The car takes its inspiration equally from the first-generation Twingo and the Renault 5, both of which are small cars that broke new ground and made a mark during their time.
The Twin'Z takes consumers into a whole new dimension with its dematerialized interior that joins together refinement and simplicity. When we talk of refinement, we mean refined details as well as refined technology that are backed up by sophisticated digital systems.
Twin'Z has an overall form and stance that exude a robust, reassuring, and protective impression. This is thanks to its proportions, its high waistline, and the way it squarely sits on 18-inch wheels, despite having a mere 3.62-meter length.
The car has an all-electric and rear-wheel drive design and build, pushing its wheels out to the extreme corners in order to give it a large platform and a solid grounding. This also gives the Twin'Z great cabin space and a one-of-a-kind signature as it relates to its compact footprint.
The Twin'Z also features taut lines that communicate a sense of safety and strength. Lovegrove Studio enhanced the car's bodywork, employing an approach that combines technology and refinement.
Twin'Z sports gorgeous blue livery, paying tribute to 20th century French artist Yves Klein. The car's satin finish gives the body a pure and coated appearance, almost anodized instead of painted, and suggests that the pigmentation is not applied but is inside the body itself. The soft and smooth clear coat finish gives it a velvety feel and an iridescence that lifts the electro-natural look.
Renault commissioned British designer Ross Lovegrove to do the finishing details to the concept car's bodywork.
Lovegrove says that the Twin'Z echoes the cultural heritage of France as well as mirrors our planet's virtues, because, after all, the earth looks blue when seen from space.
The Twin'Z's grille produces a vortex effect that channels air flow as well as minimizes turbulence in order to optimize the concept car's aerodynamic performance. Also embossed on the car's rear bumper is the same motif, echoing the car's unique lighting signature.