The iconic 1992 Renault Twingo has been reborn in its electric successor—the all-new Electric Supermini Twingo. As we eagerly anticipate the Renault 5's electric debut in 2024, the French automaker has revealed its take on an affordable, budget-friendly urban car with the Twingo's latest incarnation.
This fourth-generation concept unveils an inspiring retro design that pays homage to the original Twingo charm.
Proudly developed and assembled in Europe, the new model is poised to hit the market with an attractive starting price of just 20,000 EUR before subsidies, targeting a 2026 release. Luca de Meo, CEO of the Renault Group, has bold ambitions for the new Twingo, aiming to make it a "game changer" by following in the footsteps of its 30-year-old forerunner.
The inclusion of the new Ampere unit, focused on electric and software innovation, is expected to propel the Twingo to new heights in the European electric vehicle market.
While retaining the nostalgic essence of the '90s era, the new Twingo shifts from the three-door to a more practical five-door configuration. Yet, it retains the playful appeal of the original, with semi-circular LED lighting reminiscent of smiling eyes.
The new design marries the convenience of a five-door layout with the soul of its iconic three-door predecessor. The front door handles blend seamlessly with the car's illuminated contours, and the rear handles are smartly integrated into the C-pillars.
Specifics of the urban car's capabilities remain under wraps, but Renault emphasizes its class-leading efficiency of 10 kWh/100 km and zero CO2 emissions. Moreover, the Twingo boasts a 75% reduction in lifetime CO2 emissions compared to standard European internal combustion engine vehicles of 2023. Its compact size also means it occupies 20% less space than the average European car, emphasizing its urban-friendly design.
Renault commits to producing all future Ampere models, including the Twingo, in Europe. The car is expected to utilize the innovative AmpR Small EV-native platform, which also underpins the slightly larger Renault 5 supermini and other future EVs. As Luca de Meo reveals, discussions are ongoing with OEM partners to share the development costs.
When it arrives in 2026, the Renault Twingo is set to take on the A-segment of the European market, competing against upcoming entry-level EVs from automotive giants like Hyundai, Kia, Opel, and the VW ID.1, Citroen e-C3, and Fiat Panda, which will have already made their debut.