Renault’s production alliance with Daimler is about to bear fruit as the automaker will unveil their new Twingo minicar at the 2014 Geneva Auto Show next month.
The new car — going from three doors to five for this outing — will be underpinned by a platform shared with Smart’s upcoming four-seater, both of which will also be rear-wheel drive, and assembled at Renault’s Novo Mesto, Slovenia plant.
Automotive News Europe is reporting that the switch to RWD is part of an effort to take the Twingo upscale, offering a level of personalization Fiat and Opel offer in their respective minicars to the customer. Styling is expected to take cues from the Twin’Z and above Twin’Run concepts shown at auto shows last year.
Renault aims for conquest sales with the next-gen Twingo, wanting to attract more men to the car; the majority of current-gen Twingo buyers are women.
The newly revised minicar will enter Renault showrooms in the third quarter of 2014.