Renault will launch a brand new electrical automobile this week, and it may function a substitute of kinds for the third-generation Twingo which has been in manufacturing since 2014.
A number of sources have advised Reuters Renault will launch a brand new “reasonably priced” all-electric metropolis automobile this week. The automobile will debut at an occasion Renault’s Ampere electrical automobile division is holding for the finance trade.
In line with the information wire’s informants, the brand new metropolis EV will probably be constructed at Novo Mesto plant in Slovenia, which presently produces the Twingo.
It’s unknown whether or not the brand new automobile will carry styling cues from one of many three generations of the Twingo, and even proceed the title that’s been in fixed use since 1992.
Hypothesis has it the Twingo substitute will use the identical CMF-EV Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance structure that presently underpins the Renault Megane E-Tech and Nissan Ariya, and also will function the premise for the upcoming Renault 4 crossover, and Renault 5 hatchback.
It’s additionally believed the brand new city-friendly EV will slot in between the cut-price €15,800 ($26,500) 33kW Dacia Spring imported from China, the upcoming Renault 5, and the Megane E-Tech that begins from €33,000 ($55,000).
The present Twingo EV is priced from €20,250 ($34,000) in France, and has a 60kW/180Nm electrical motor driving the rear wheels.
It’s fitted with a small 22kWh situated underneath the entrance seats, and has a claimed WLTP vary of 190km. Whereas the Twingo EV doesn’t work with DC quick charging, it does assist AC charging as much as 11kW.
Sadly for metropolis automobile followers, the Twingo has by no means been bought in Australia. We additionally missed out on its twin-under-the-skin, the second-generation Sensible ForFour.
The one Twingo relation we’ve seen Down Beneath is the significantly smaller is third-generation France-built Sensible ForTwo.
Renault is planning to drift a part of its Ampere EV division on the inventory trade, and the reveal of the brand new metropolis EV is reportedly designed to reassure financiers and the broader market in regards to the French automobile maker’s EV plans amidst the broadly reported slowing uptake of electrical automobiles.
Final 12 months Renault bought round 50,000 all-electric Megane E-Tech and Kangoo E-Tech automobiles, however plans to achieve cumulative EV gross sales of 600,000 by 2026 and a million by 2031.
The Scenic E-Tech crossover and retro-themed Renault 5 hatch are as a result of go on sale in 2024, with the Renault 4 crossover — primarily based on the Renault 4Ever Trophy idea — scheduled to grow to be obtainable in 2025.
The Twingo’s substitute will reportedly be in-built Slovenia from 2026.