Renault’s response was not long in coming. The Losange manufacturer is going to market an electric city car for less than 20,000 euros and it will be… a Twingo!
We were waiting for the launch of a subsidiary dedicated to electricity, the aptly named Ampere… we had a new entry-level model which will shake up the market very quickly. It was as part of its “Capital Market Day”, the launch day of its new entity, that the diamond brand unveiled the replacement for the current Twingo. A new Twingo, therefore, but designed from a 100% electric base this time, which will differentiate it from its predecessor based on a thermal platform.
For the moment, this is a concept, certainly advanced, which should set the tone for what the brand’s future city car will be. This one should surprise in more than one way. On the one hand by its design. Since the arrival of its new boss, Luca de Meo, the French brand has embarked on a frantic race for nostalgia which has made it resurrect its R5 and its 4L in turn. The Twingo Legend, as this prototype is called, follows a similar logic by multiplying the nods to the first Twingo launched in 1992.
In a neo retro style that is very popular at the moment, the concept takes up the famous frog look which it completely assumes with its green color and rounded eyes. But unlike the original version, the future Twingo will only be available with 5 doors and not 3 like its predecessor.
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Logically, it is too early for Renault to give the technical details of its entry-level electric model. Because this is the most notable information in this announcement. The future electric Twingo should be sold for under 20,000 euros and thus compete with the Dacia Spring, Citroën ë-C3 and other VW ID.1s. For comparison, the current Twingo that we tested when it was marketed today costs more than 25,000 euros.
Renault simply specified that it was targeting consumption of 10 kWh/100 km, which seems ambitious unless the Twingo is equipped with a very contained battery. The question of its autonomy will therefore be essential.
We will therefore have to see what types of efforts Renault has made to lower the price of its entry ticket to electric. Above all, until now, the diamond brand relied on its entry-level brand, Dacia, to ensure this mission with the Spring. It already seems established that the future Twingo will differ significantly from the Romanian low-cost city car (although manufactured in China) to the extent that it should be produced in Slovenia in the Novo Mesto factory, and thus avoid all the financial sanctions which weigh on the Spring and other vehicles of Chinese origin eligible for the ecological bonus.
The new electric Twingo should be marketed in 2026. Until then, the market still has time to change and Renault’s competitors, starting with the Stellantis group (Peugeot, Citroën, Opel, etc.) will undoubtedly have the will to respond with the cousins of the future ë-C3. Three years is a relatively long time; others such as Tesla and its Model 2 or the Volkswagen group and its ID.1 still have the opportunity to think about their response. In any case, it seems certain that in a few years, the offer of accessible electric city cars will be a reality.