Renault Debuts Third Generation Twingo, “Twin’Z” – Integrating Innovative Styling and Advanced Technology
Renault Debuts Twin’Z, a new concept car designed and developed by Renault in partnership with Lovegrove Studio. Inspired from Renault’s heritage models, the Renault 5 and Renault Twingo, Twin’Z flaunts the rare combination of caliber of two different worlds of automobile and furniture. The big news is that this rear engine and rear drive super mini car is expected to be a less costly electric alternative for £13k Renault Zoe EV. Some of its notable features include innovatively used LEDs, a solid crystal rear spoiler, the intricate 18-inch wheels, exceptional cabin space and high quality handling. Read on for more in-depth takes on its tech features.
Twin’Z has a unique rear-wheel drive architecture powered by quiet small 50 KW (67 Bhp) 167 lb rear mounted electric motor that is propelled with four lithium-ion battery packs. Apart from length of 3.62 meters and weight 980 kg (2,162 lbs), it has a range of 160 km (almost 100 miles) along with top speed of around 130 km/h, while its rear-mounted electric motor produces 68 hp. The car has Carbon fibre body work to reduce weight and increase the driving range.
The USP of the vehicle is the way technology is integrated into its different aspects. From electrically opening suicide-style doors similar to those found in Rolls-Royce Phantom to intricately designed headlights and LEDs everywhere, it flaunts the sophisticated blend of technology, luxury and innovation.
Designed in layers, its glass roof assimilates a range of LEDs that form animated patterns intended to enhance the overall driving experience. As British artist Ross Lovegrove use nature as an inspiration for most of his creations, recycle materials and a zero-emission powertrain have been used in Twin’Z.
The four light weight seats have been luxuriously upholstered in a 3D woven self cushioning, light weight blue textile. The whole upholstery is frame resistant and water proof. Besides it, LED light has been embedded into frame’s branches to illuminate the interior.
The conventional dashboard or centre console has been replaced by a Samsung-developed touch screen infotainment interface to control everything just like home automation system. It takes complete control of heater, seat adjustment, lights activation, roof, GPS guidance system and in-car connectivity. A smart phone is also located in the driver’s line of sight to display principal alarming lights, range information and speed of the vehicle.
An integrated video camera has been used to replace car’s conventional door mirrors and has been aerodynamically liquefied with the body, while its crystal rear spoiler generates extra force and more dynamic visual sense.
Other cool technologies like regenerative braking have been enhanced to deliver better functionality. For instance, when the driver presses on the brake pedal, the burst of the brake lights moves slowly towards the roof to ensure better visibility and safety.
Twin’Z is slated for a late 2014 European launch. Renault says it’s too early to confirm prices for the car, but the market hints that it’d come in under £10k.
- Length: 3,627mm
- Width: 1,705mm
- Height: 1,506mm
- Wheelbase: 2495mm
- Weight: 980kg
- Top speed: 130kph
- Range: 160km
- Rear-mounted 50kW (68hp) synchronous electric motor with rotor coil
- Maximum torque: 226Nm
- Four lithium-ion battery packs spaced evenly beneath the floor
- Voltage: 96V
- Drive: rear-wheel drive
- Transmission: direct drive with reducer gear and forward/reverse invertor
- Specific Michelin tyres: 205/40 R18
- Ross Lovegrove-designed 18-inch aluminium alloy wheels
- Front suspension: MacPherson-type arrangement
- Rear suspension: double wishbones
- Adjustable Ohlins dampers
- Chassis: tubular frame
- Carbon fibre bodywork
Photos of Renault Twin’Z Concept
Auto News Release Source : Renault