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Renault previews next Twingo with Twin'Z concept

by Ronan Glon

The Twin\'Z was developed with input from designer Ross Lovegrove.

Renault has teamed up with Welsh designer Ross Lovegrove to create the Twin'Z, an all-electric concept that accurately previews the third-generation of the Twingo city car.

Riding on a lightweight tubular chassis, the Twin'Z stretches 142 inches long, 67 inches wide and 59 inches tall. The car's front end is not exactly retro-styled but it borrows a noticeable amount of design cues from the first-gen Renault 5 that was introduced in 1972 and briefly sold in the United States under the LeCar moniker.

Unlike the current Twingo, the Twin'Z is equipped with a pair of rear doors that open in a suicide fashion, making it easier to get in and out of the rear seats by eliminating the B-pillar. All four doors open and close electronically at the push of a button.

The car is finished in a shade of dark blue that pays homage to 20th century French painter Yves Klein. Interestingly, it uses a soft clear-coat to produce a velvet-like feel.

Simplicity is the order of the day inside the Twin'Z. The instrument cluster has been replaced by a touch screen mounted on top of the dash, and a second touch screen located between the front seats lets the passenger control the climate control and the infotainment system. The city car offers seating for up to four adults.

The Twin'Z is powered by a rear-mounted electric motor that sends 68 horsepower and 166 lb-ft. of torque to the rear wheels via a single-gear reduction gearbox. Fed by four lithium-ion battery packs mounted underneath the car's floor, the motor propels the 2,180-pound city car to a top speed of 81 mph.

Designed exclusively for the auto show circuit, the futuristic Twin'Z will not be added to the Renault catalog as-is but the four-door configuration, the rear-mounted engine and the retro-inspired styling cues will be found on the next installment of the Twingo when it makes its public debut in 2015.

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