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Renault Twingo news - Geneva show: Renault Twingo - 2007

The
original Renault Twingo has been kicking round the cities of Europe for over a
decade now, but has never made the plucky leap across the English Channel to
our fair shores.

But
that’s all to change with the second generation of Renault’s dinkiest city car,
unveiled today in Geneva.

The
New Twingo will go on sale in Britain this September, and we reckon it should
be a popular little number.

Based
on the last-generation Clio’s floorpan - and a whole 20cm shorter than the
current Clio III - the Twingo retains the cute, chunky styling and short
overhangs of the concept we saw in Paris last year.

It’ll
be available in two guises in the UK - a 1.2-litre 16V with 75bhp, and the
sportier GT, which gets the same engine boosted up to 100bhp.

On
the inside, the Twingo is a genuine four-seater with a surprising amount of
space, an impression heightened by the panoramic glass sunroof.

It
also gets a MP3 sound system and a range of decals which, says Renault, will
allow you to personalise your Twingo. Well, at least it beats mismatched
plastic spoilers and his ‘n’ hers windscreen strips.

Clio
Grand Tour Concept

Renault
also unveiled the Grand Tour Concept - a stretched estate version of the
current Clio.

Powered
by a naturally-aspirated 2.0-litre engine putting out 200bhp, Renault says that
the Grand Tour Concept will hit 60mph in just over seven seconds, despite its
sizeable bulk.

Sitting
on 18- and 19-inch aluminium rims, the Grand Tour Concept gets a massive glass
roof and, in best concept style, an inbuilt digital camera and camcorder.
Anyone want to put a fiver on those making it to production?

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