2012 Renault Twingo

If you're looking at the above image and think "Nissan", well you're not far off. Though it may look like a new stablemate for the Juke, this is actually the latest Twingo, built by Renault (Nissan's industrial ally) atop the same platform as the previous-generation Micra.

The solitary image released previews a facelifted Twingo that is set to be unveiled at the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show in September, and is the first product of new design chief Laurens van der Acker, formerly of Mazda.

The limited refresh of the front and rear ends will apparently have to carry the tiniest of Renaults for another few years, but that's nothing new for the model line. The previous model, the first-generation Twingo – a car with a markedly cuter aesthetic to this brash-faced subcompact – was on the market for a whopping fifteen years from 1992 to 2007 when the current second-generation model was introduced.

Follow the jump for the press brief and click the above image to view in high resolution.
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RENAULT PREVIEWS NEW TWINGO AHEAD OF WORLD DEBUT

New Twingo is the first mass production vehicle to be inspired by the Renault brand's new design identity. Among the changes are its front end which includes this stylistic renewal, while on the bonnet, the Renault logo has been enlarged and centred in a more vertical position. Following the first generation of this iconic model, New Twingo once again has a typically expressive front face.

New Twingo will be presented at Renault's Press conference at the Frankfurt Motor Show on September 13th by Carlos Tavares, Chief Operating Officer.

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