Renault has unveiled its Twingo city car at the Johannesburg International Motor Show. The Twingo is a compact two-door hatchback with a wheelbase measuring 2 367mm translating into an overall length of 3.6m, making for a car which is easily capable of threading through heavy traffic or tight city streets.
Safety is also a key aspect and the Twingo comes with four airbags, an ABS setup with EBD (Electreonic Brake force Distribution) and EBA (Emergency Brake Assist).
According to Renault cabin practicality is “exceptional”, thanks to the extremely modular nature of the Twingo and making smart use of space.
Both rear seats slide forward and backward on individual sets of rails, and can be folded forward to grow boot capacity from a minimum of 165 litres to a maximum of 959 litres with these seats fully stowed.
There are no less than 11 stowage areas dotted around the cabin.
The new Twingo features a Radio/CD/Mp3 entertainment system, with steering-wheel audio controls. A connection box will be an available extra accessory, enabling multimedia connection, such as USB and iPod connectivity.
Also available is a Bluetooth telephony kit that fits neatly in the vehicle.
Under the bonnet is a 1.2-litre four-cylinder engine with a power output of 56kW at 5 500 r/min, and a torque figure of 107 Nm at 4 250 r/min.
The claimed fuel consumption is 5.7 litres/100km and Renault says the car’s CO2 figure is 135 g/km.
Renault is be bringing two variants of the stylish new Twingo to local punters, the Twingo 1.2 Dynamique representing the standard specification, and the new Twingo 1.2 Dynamique Plus competing slightly higher up the price spectrum with a few choice additions making the vehicle even more enticing.
The range come standard with a 3 year/45 000km Service Plan backed by Renault Confiance which includes a 3 year/100 000 km warranty.
Twingo 1.2 Dynamique: R124 500
Twingo 1.2 Dynamique Plus: R133 500
JIMS update: Renault SA also revealed that the sporty 98-kW Twingo RS will be available locally from April 2009.
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