Renault's diminutive city car, the Twingo, is set for a debut in a few weeks at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show. So naturally, the little hatchback has leaked out early. Carscoops came up with the original batch of images before Renault posted the official family photo you see above.

We'll need to wait until we get to Geneva to get all the details on the Twingo, but here's what we know so far. It's a relative of the upcoming Smart ForFour, but where that car uses a conventional front-engine, front-drive layout, the Twingo is backwards. That's right, this is a rear-engine, rear-wheel-drive city car. That concept on its own sounds spectacular.

Rumors, according to Carscoops, point to a three-cylinder engine for the Twingo. Owners should get to choose from both a do-it-yourself manual transmission and a dual-clutch gearbox. The little five-door should include a sportier trim, too, hopefully along the lines of the well-regarded Renaultsport Twingo 133. Whether that car is shown in the family portrait or if it will arrive at a later date remains unclear.

Would a small, rear-engine, rear-drive hatch make sense in America? Would you rather drive a Twingo than the other micro-cars on sale? Have your say in Comments.


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      kickars
      • 10 Months Ago
      Autoblog, please get your fact straight before posting. Don't know why, recently you have made several simple mistakes. This new Twingo is based on the Smart Forfour (you are right about that). However, it is not based on the previous generation Forfour (the front engine, front wheel drive, Mitsubishi Colt with some Smart graphic on). It is based on the all new yet to be revealed Forfour which itself will be based on the stretched all new Smart Fortwo. So, please correct your misleading mistake. it is just wrong to say Renault put the engine to the back of the old Forfour and made it into a rear wheel drive car...
        Alex Ingram
        • 10 Months Ago
        @kickars
        Strictly speaking, it isn't *based* on the Smart - it has been co-developed along side it. Renault have far more experience making excellent small cars, hence the tie-up.
          kickars
          • 10 Months Ago
          @Alex Ingram
          Renault does have much longer history in making small hatchbacks. My first car was a Renault 5, in fact. This new Twingo was codeveloped with Daimler. But, the rear engine rear wheel drive chassis was designed and developed by Daimler. Renault has other input in the project.
      Lachmund
      • 10 Months Ago
      they really should have brought back the name R5
      Ace Convoy
      • 10 Months Ago
      Ot looks like a 500 and a polo had a night out
      dss10
      • 10 Months Ago
      I miss the original one (and the first fiat Panda)....
      Shiftright
      • 10 Months Ago
      Love it, bit not as briliant as the original
      Ale
      • 10 Months Ago
      Fiat 500
      Brian P
      • 10 Months Ago
      I'd take this in a second over any of its front-drive competitors. Make mine yellow with the 6-speed manual and Renault's apparently very good TCe90 turbo three-cylinder. ... if I could get one, which I can't. The article suggests that the smart forfour is a front-drive. The old one was, but the new one will be the same platform as this Twingo, i.e. rear engine rear drive. But in North America, we're not getting that one, either.
      Justin Campanale
      • 10 Months Ago
      I'm glad that SOMEONE has the balls to make a boner fest rear engined car in this day and age. I can't think of a SINGLE modern RR layout car other than the 911 or the craptastic Smart car. It really should be a nice departure from the rather mundane iQ, Spark, and Mihrage, the only A segment cars we get here besides the crappy Smart and the expensive 500.
      GOSCH
      • 10 Months Ago
      Bring that sweet little thing to U.S.! We don't want crappy dull little cars like Mitsubishi Mirage or Nissan Versa any more at all.
        Massimo Balloni
        • 10 Months Ago
        @GOSCH
        This car will be premium and obviously expensive just like the Fiat 500, the Mirage and Versa are way more cheap to buy and practical in the everyday use.
        Shiftright
        • 10 Months Ago
        @GOSCH
        I agree. Inexpensive doesn't have to mean dull. The Mirage is truly sad.
        chanonissan
        • 10 Months Ago
        @GOSCH
        eerr! you know renault and nissan uses the same engines, but in different markets.The dull versa is a renault scala in a different country.
      John Spatz
      • 10 Months Ago
      Fiat should sue for copyright infringement...
      domingorobusto
      • 10 Months Ago
      Neat. If they make a hotter version, I would love to see it in America. Keep the weight near 1 ton, give it around 130-150 hp (preferably turbocharged for torque), and you'd have a riotously fun little car, one that likely wouldn't be too bad on fuel either. If larger semi-performance cars like the Fiesta ST or Mini Cooper S can get mid 30's on the highway, something this small should be capable of 40+ while still being a quick little thing, and the RWD dynamics could make it better yet. I actually really want to see this in the US.
        domingorobusto
        • 10 Months Ago
        @domingorobusto
        To get it to America, they should sell it as the Note Sport. Put the Juke's 1.6 turbo in the back and they wouldn't be able to make enough of them to keep up with demand. If I could have a 2000-2400 lb RWD car with 180 ish turbo hp and a manual, I'd buy it in a heartbeat. But I have an unreasonable love of massively overpowered tiny cars (former owner of a 200 whp Festiva and 280 whp CRX here), my views may be skewed.
      Michał Paluch
      • 10 Months Ago
      Surely they got it backwards? Twingo, as a more mainstream option, should have the engine in the front and front wheel drive while Smart should have the rear engine/rear wheel drive since it's the way ForTwo is built.
        kickars
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Michał Paluch
        Here you go, autoblog. The first victim because of your misleading information.
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