Twingo III: Renault’s 2014 Geneva Star

The new mini-citycar was the star of the Renault stand during this year’s press days. And we stopped by to have a look from every angle and check out its wide range of color combinations.

Let’s set one thing right immediately. While looking at the New Twingo, most people were making reference to the Fiat 500. Sure, if you are looking at the vinyl ‘side stripes’ arrangement only. But certainly not if you remember the volume and design language of the Renault 5.

The shape of the headlights, the pronounced shoulders on the rear and the design of the tailgate echo the R5 Turbo design, one of the the most iconic sports cars with a rear engine. The design accentuates that feeling, pushing out the taillamps to the sides.

For the first time the Twingo has four doors. This new vehicle shares its platform with the next generation Smart with an engine placed to the rear. Because of that technical choice, the car has a very interesting and recognizable silhouette. Standing only 3590mm wide with its wheels pushed far into the four corners and its 2490mm wheelbase allows a generous interior space for such a compact car.

The interior looks dynamic and playful with many customization options. The dashboard is very simple and is surrounded by a wide plastic element giving all its character to the IP. Some optional storage products are possible which makes for a space that can be personalized easily. We don’t doubt that the interior will become iconic as the first generation car’s.

Previewed in concept form at last year’s Salone del Mobile, the Twingo III is a coup for Lauren’s van den Acker’s design team. we’re fairly confident the Twingo III will become a new reference in its category. It is not retro design as the Mini or the Fiat 500 and to us it is much more interesting in term of design.


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