If you didn't know the engine was where you'd normally put your shopping, you'd probably never guess from the outside. The Twingo has a fairly conventional citycar silhouette, with elements of Fiat 500 in its cheeky domed profile. The front end adopts the usual Renault family face with bulging headlamps and a detail strip that frames the huge centrally-mounted Renault diamond. Punched inboard of the headlight pods are LED daytime running lights. The design team, headed up by Laurens van den Acker, wanted to evoke the feel of the Renault 5 and the rake of the Twingo's rear screen and the prominent shoulders are said to be inspired by the rear-engined Renault 5 Turbo. That might be a bit of a stretch for most of us to spot.
Meanwhile, the new citycar's five-door architecture - a first in the history of the model - makes it the most versatile Twingo to date. The rear door handles are hidden in the door frames and there are just four poppy colours to choose from; light blue, white, yellow and red. Scope for personalisation exists, naturally, with customisable exterior trim features like the door mirrors, side protective mouldings and decals. The Twingo is around 100mm shorter than its predecessor, but due to a longer wheelbase, the cabin length has increased by 130mm. With a flat boot floor and the ability to carry items up to 2.2m in length, this Renault has a practical side too. It can carry over 200-litres in the back, but unfortunately there's no boot up front, that space being taken up by battery, fluids and wheel arches. Storage cubbies throughout the cabin add another 52-litres.