Renault is planning a facelift of the Twingo city car ahead of an all new model in 2014 which will share a platform with the new Smart ForFour. Both cars will be produced at Renault’s factory at Novo Mesto in Slovenia.
The partnership between Renault and Smart owners Mercedes Benz will also see Renault engines in the next A-Class and B-Class (the latter we showed pictures of a few days ago).
In the meantime, Renault is soon to launch a facelift of the current shape Twingo which, as you can see with the spy shots and our picture of the undisguised car, will feature separate round headlight units in the syle of the Skoda Yeti. Our spy seems to have caught the sporting Gordini model testing, as the car pictured here shares the same wheels as the current Twingo Gordini. Our snapper confirmed that the car was being driven at speed and seemed to be handling well.
Engines are expected to be carried over from today’s Twingo with a few small mapping mods to make them more efficient. This includes a four cylinder 1.2 litre petrol, with a larger 1.6 for the range toppers. The smaller engine will come in two states of tunes, with 75bhp and 100bhp (in the Gordini 100); while the 1.6 will come with 133bhp and power the Renaultsport and Gordini 133 versions. Renault has work to do to make the Twingo competitive when it comes to emissions, as currently the best variant achieves only 119g/km of CO2, whereas the forthcmoming 2012 Fiat Panda should achieve below 100g/km with a petrol engine thanks to use of the TwinAir two cylinder engine. There is no word of a diesel version of the Twingo to help out here.
The 2012 Twingo is a stop gap to try and lift sales before the all new Twingo and Smart ForFour arrive in 2014. It is rumoured these cars will come with a rear mounted engine and rear wheel drive, just like the original Smart, now badged the ForTwo.
Expect a reveal of the 2012 Twingo at September’s Frankfurt motor show with a UK on sale date of early 2012, priced from about £9,000.