The 2014 Renault Twingo has debuted at the Geneva Motor Show.
The 2014 Twingo shares its platform with the upcoming smart forfour, making it the first rear-engined Renault since the boxy 8 was phased out in 1973. The car will exclusively be available with a gasoline-burning 0.9-liter three-cylinder engine offered with either 70 or 90 horsepower. The engine will be tilted at a 20-degree angle in order to fit under the floor and free up a sizable amount of space inside the car.
The rear-mounted engine enabled engineers to give the city car a best-in-class turning radius, but it also rules out the possibility of offering a diesel-powered Twingo because the firm's widely-used dCi mill doesn't fit behind the rear axle.
Renault promises nearly every part of the next Twingo's cockpit will be customizable in order to appeal to a trendy target audience. The car will pack more high-tech equipment than before in order to move up a notch on the market and compete against popular city cars like the aging Fiat 500 and the new Peugeot 108.
Buyers seeking open-air motoring will be able to order the Twingo with a large cloth sunroof that retracts at the push of a button.
The next Twingo will go on sale across Europe next summer. The car's smart-badged sibling will be unveiled over the course of the summer.
Live images by Ronan Glon.