Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Scoop: Renault Warms Up Rear-Wheel Drive 2015 Twingo on the Snow

It's that time of the year that auto manufacturers send engineers to Sweden to trial future models under harsh winter conditions. Renault brought along the upcoming 2015 Twingo that marks an interesting departure from its two predecessors, partly thanks to a newly found collaboration with Daimler and Mercedes-Benz.

The two automotive groups are co-developing the successors to the Smart ForTwo / ForFour and Renault Twingo using a common platform with a rear-engine and rear-wheel drive layout, instead of the traditional front-engine and front-wheel drive solution seen on most modern city cars.

These spy shots outline the design story of the new Twingo that will carry over the Renault 5-inspired styling theme of the insane 320HP Twin'Run Concept in a more down-to-earth interpretation that does away with the sporting elements while adding two more doors to the recipe.

It has been reported that Renault doesn’t plan to offer a three-door body style, but this could change in the future.

There's very little information about the rear-mounted drivetrains, though, it is believed that both the Renault and Smart models will be offered with three-cylinder mills paired to manual or dual-clutch transmissions, and later on, with a pure electric drive.

Expect the new Twingo to make its premiere at the Paris motor show in October this year.

Photo Credits: CarPix for CarScoopS



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