Renault’s Nostalgic Twist: Iconic Twingo Style Returns in Affordable Electric Hatchback

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Renault is set to revive the iconic style of its first-generation Twingo from the 1990s, this time in the form of an affordable electric vehicle (EV) hatchback. The upcoming Twingo Legend concept, part of Renault’s ambitious electric car lineup, has been outlined as an entry-level model with a compelling starting price under €20,000.

While specific specifications for the retro-inspired Twingo EV are yet to be disclosed, it will ride on one of Renault’s newly developed EV-centric platforms. The vehicle’s aesthetic charm is evident in its design elements, paying homage to the original Twingo.

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This includes semicircle-shaped headlights and taillights, along with an upright two-door hatchback configuration that promises a surprisingly spacious cabin, considering its compact footprint.

The Twingo EV is not the sole throwback in Renault’s electric portfolio. The company showcased a Renault 5 EV concept, reminiscent of the hatchback popular in the 1970s and 1980s, known in the U.S. as the Le Car.

Although the Twingo never made it to the American market due to Renault’s departure, it achieved popularity as a city car in Europe during its first generation from 1992 to 2007. Subsequent generations followed but failed to match the impact of the initial model.

Renault’s foray into affordable EVs will face competition from other European automakers targeting this emerging market segment. Citroën’s ë-C3, with a starting price below €20,000, is set to enter the market in 2025, posing as a formidable contender in the race for affordable electric mobility.


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