2012 Renault Twingo makes world debut

The updated Renault Twingo refreshes the small car for 2012 and in the process becomes the first car from the French manufacturer to use Renault’s new design language.

Most notably, this means a completely redesigned front end based on the stunning Renault DeZir concept car first unveiled 12 months ago.

While the futuristic LED daytime running lights are not included, the elongated two-part grille is and the prominent fog lights give the Twingo a more stylish feel.

Renault has not released details of changes to the engine options but it has promised lower CO2 emissions from the entire range.

This could mean sub-100g/km of CO2 emissions from diesel options, meaning certain Twingo models will be exempt from the London congestion charge and free from UK road tax.

The new Renault Twingo will go on sale in the UK from January 2012, but the groundbreaking 0.9-litre, three-cylinder petrol engine showcased in the R-Space concept earlier in the year will not be available with the new Twingo. Renault is instead saving it for the new 2012 Renault Clio.

The new Renault Twingo is expected to be replaced by a new model in 2013 when Renault teams up with Mercedes-owned Smart to share a platform with the next generation Smart ForTwo.

The updated 2012 Renault Twingo is the star of the Renault stand, which also includes a collection of concept cars including the Renault Frendzy, a van-people carrier concept car with eye-catching features such as an LCD screen on the side and ambient lighting inside.