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Facelifted Renault Twingo ready to go on sale

First Renault with their new styling direction...

The facelifted 2012 Renault Twingo was revealed at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September, but more details and images have been released as the car is ready to go on sale in January 2012.

This is the first production car from Renault to display their new design direction, taking most of the frontal styling cues from the upcoming Zoe small electric vehicle (and also the new Clio). The high-set nose has large headlamps and lower-set driving lamps to give a look a little like a more attractive Nissan Juke to the front end, with a new bumper housing air intakes. The sides have received no attention, but at the rear there are new lights, with additional lamps set in the boot lid. A new rear bumper design finishes off the styling updates. The interior is unchanged.

As with the previous Twingo, there are plenty of trim and engine variations to choose from, and these have largely gone unchanged. The standard engine is the 1.2 litre engine with 75 bhp which is available in Expression or Dynamique trim. Next up the ladder is the 1.2 TCe turbocharged four cylinder unit, producing 100 bhp and powering the Gordini 100 model which has sportier styling.

At the top of the Twingo food chain is still the 1.6 litre Renaultsport Twingo 133 with, you guessed it - 133 bhp. This is the most focussed of all the Twingo models, and lives up to the Renaultsport name with lively handling, great performance and aggressive looks.

Expect prices to rise slightly over the outgoing model, though it shouldn't be by more than £500.

This facelifted Twingo is very much a stopgap for Renault though. In 2014 there is an all-new Twingo being co-developed with Mercedes and is rumoured to be rear wheel drive and will feature 3 cylinder turbo engines. 

Images courtesy of Renault


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About Tim Oldland

Contributing Editor - Long time petrolhead, automotive design engineer and journalist. Also Social Media Manager for the ecurie25 Group - www.ecurie25.com Tim has worked in the automotive sector for many years, but has been a fan of anything with 2 or 4... read more