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2015 Renault Twingo Is The Funky, Rear-Engined French Hatch We Need

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This is probably what the third-generation Renault Twingo will look like when it's officially revealed next month at the Geneva Motor Show. In keeping with Twingo tradition, it looks silly and fun. But in a twist, it's now a rear-wheel drive, rear-engined, five-door hatch. Crazy, right?

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Carscoops published leaked photos of the new Twingo before the official unveiling. Some models also get a full-length sliding roof that adds to the Frenchness. And that's good. The looks are based off of last year's Renault Twin'Run concept car, although toned down and with a stubbier nose.

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Illustration for article titled 2015 Renault Twingo Is The Funky, Rear-Engined French Hatch We Need

That's because the 2015 Twingo, unlike the Twin'Run, only has one engine and it's in the back. This is all because Renault is using the setup destined for a new four-seat Smart and the next-gen Smart ForTwo two-seater, both of which get a rear-drive, rear-engine layout.

Despite three-cylinder engines that may only make horsepower in double digits, it could be a little hoot. Unfortunately, like the awesome Citroen C4 Cactus we saw last week, Americans will be deprived of the Twingo yet again.

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At least we can look forward to a small rear-rear car in the form of that new Smart four-door, right? Oh, scratch that.

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