Renault Twingo And Smart Forfour: A Curious Child Of The Daimler-Renault Alliance
February 12th, 2013 11:21 AM Share
One of the more interesting bits of news this week comes from France; the next-generation Smart Forfour (big brother of the worst car on sale today, as voted by the readership) will share a common architecture with the adorable Renault Twingo.
The two cars will be built at a common factory in Slovenia, and come in gasoline and full-electric versions. Presumably, the cars will adopt the Smart Fortwo’s rear engine layout, as a front engine rear-drive subcompact is unfathomable from a packaging standpoint. The previous Forfour was a sales flop with a short shelf life, and the current Twingo lags far behind market leaders like the Fiat Panda and 500 and the Volkswagen Up!
Published February 12th, 2013 11:21 AM
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The Smart ForFour was a front-engined, front wheel drive vehicle (as it was basically a small mitsubishi crossover), and I don't really see a reason to guess that the successor would be any different. This is especially true now in an era of "MQB" etc with an even greater push for powertrain & body structure commonality across vehicles.
The "presumed" rear engine layout would not make any sense at all. Twingo has always been fwd and made from leftovers (old tech engines etc.), the old forfour/colt was fwd. Why would they develop a new tech platform for the cheapest car in renault range?
Renault has taken the engine out the front and put it in the back before... usually with a healthy sprinkling of "insanity" dust. The V6 Clio I think was the craziest. This might just work though because of the "unusual" factor.
The monobox (as per wikipedia) style 1st gen Twingo was truly adorable. I always loved that car (still do). They made it great when they fitted the 1.2 16V engine in it. And then in Europe, they had a partial fabric roof could be opened from the windscreen all the way to the hatch. The one you put on the picture... well, ummm... *rolleyes*. Hopefully they do something like the first one.