Little cabriolets are flavour of the month/year. The MINI Cabriolet has been a big seller, and the Fiat 500C is a great little car. So, after years of procrastination, Renault has finally confirmed that the concept Renault Twingo CC, first seen at Geneva in 2007, will make it in to production in 2010.
But the Twingo CC will not just be a basic convertible, it will be in concept very like the Peugeot 307CC, with a retractable tin-top and two seats. Power is likely to come from a 1.2 litre engine delivering around 120bhp.
Recent spy shots of the Twingo CC indicate that the car will be very similar to the concept (which actually looked ready to go in 2007) and will aim to be a stylish coupe-cabriolet, not just a rag-top Twingo.
Renault’s Yves-Eric Morel told Automotive News:
“It’s going to be a niche vehicle, and like any niche vehicle, the objective will be to do something different, that gives a boost to the brand’s image.”
But the Twingo is a good starting point. From being a slightly odd-ball car us Brits only got to drive on European holidays as a rental car, the Twingo, in its current iteration, has turned in to a viable mainstream car. The launch in January of the Renault Twingo Freeway at the bottom of the price ladder gave Renault a new demographic for the Twingo, and the Twingo CC should add another at the other end. And with talk of an RS version, we could even see a hot Twingo CC on the market.
There is a strong possibility that Renault will show the car at Frankfurt this September, with a showroom launch in time for Spring 2010.