Renault has announced prices and specs for its new third generation cutesy Twingo, which will cross the channel in September from £9,495.
Now squarely aimed at Fiat’s ultra-popular 500 the Twingo’s reboot is a huge change for what was once just a run-of-the-mill citicar.
As we revealed in February the new Twingo takes inspiration from the iconic Renault 5, while holding a passing resemblance to it’s new rival.
The innovative rear-wheel-drive pipsqueak will be powered at launch by a choice of two engines, a 1.0 litre 70 bhp three-pot or a smaller 0.9 litre turbocharged unit which pumps out an impressive 90 bhp.
There are three trim levels to play with on the options list, Expression, Play and Dynamique.
Inside each Twingo has a seven-inch screen that will connect to Renault’s new R & GO system, which allows connectivity to a smartphone via a newly released app.
All versions of Twingo come with body-coloured bumpers, door handles and exterior door mirror shells, a rear spoiler and LED daytime running lights, electric power steering, electric front windows, remote central locking, a speed limiter, a height-adjustable steering wheel, a trip computer and gearchange indicator, a lane-change function for the indicators and the automatic activation of the rear screen wiper when reverse gear is selected.
Upgrading to the £9,995 Twingo Play adds air conditioning, a height-adjustable driver’s seat and steering wheel, and 15-inch black two-tone wheel trims and Renault expect this to be the best seller.
Starting from £10,995 the Dynamique gains Stop-Start and variable rack electric power steering.
As you might expect from a car going against the 500, the Twingo’s options list will be very customisable, the colour of everything from the wing mirrors to the heating vents can be changed.
Under the bonnet the teeny 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, meaning 67.3 mpg and just 95 g/km for the Dynamique SCe 70 with Start & Stop.
After a really lackluster attempt with the previous model, Renault are hoping the new version will finally recapture the essence of the original model that, one you couldn’t move on mainland europe without seeing for a decade.
(hp @ rpm)
(Nm @ rpm)
|0-62mph (sec)||Top speed (mph)|
|Expression SCe 70||70 @ 6,000||91 @ 2,850||14.5||94|
|Play SCe 70||70 @ 6,000||91 @ 2,850||14.5||94|
|Dynamique SCe 70 S&S||70 @ 6,000||91 @ 2,850||14.5||94|
|Dynamique ENERGY TCe 90 S&S||90 @ 5,500||135 @ 2,500||10.8||103|
|Model||MPG||CO2 (g/km)||BIK (band %)||VED (band)||Insurance group|
|Expression SCe 70||62.8||105||14%||B||2|
|Play SCe 70||62.8||105||14%||B||3|
|Dynamique SCe 70 S&S||67.3||95||12%||A||3|
|Dynamique ENERGY TCe 90 S&S||65.7||99||12%||A||8|
|Model||Price (On The Road)|
|Expression SCe 70||£9,495|
|Play SCe 70||£9,995|
|Dynamique SCe 70 S&S||£10,995|
|Dynamique ENERGY TCe 90 S&S||£11,695|
Available on Play and Dynamique: