The match of the affordable city cars has started!
At the Geneva motor show, which opens its doors in early March, the focus will be on city cars! Several reference models are being presented as world releases, creating a match where the Twingo will be faced with sizeable adversaries, notably the Franco-Japanese trio of the C1, 108 and Aygo.
However, these cars will be truly different from their predecessors! In terms of appearance, it will be up to you to decide. However, from a purely technical standpoint, these little queens of the city are quite different from each other. Of course, as in previous generations, the C1/108/Aygo trio is based on the same platform. They all have front-wheel drive, which is the major difference from the competitor Renault Twingo, which is rear-wheel drive. Yes, you read it correctly: the small Renault is putting its engine and its drive train in the rear, since this is an industrial partnership with Smart (which belongs to the Germany car maker Daimler Benz). The next Smart will therefore use this platform for its future ForTwo and ForFour. Before Geneva, little was known about the technical characteristics of each of these vehicles. However, we do know that the Franco-Japanese trio will only have petrol engines (1.0/68 hp and 1.2/82 hp), like the Twingo, which will undoubtedly have a 0.9-litre petrol engine in either the atmospheric version (70 hp) or with turbo (90 hp). All of these models are already touting their ultra-short turning radius, which is particularly important in the city. The 108/C1/Aygo will come with a larger trunk (+ 57 litres), which should alleviate the biggest drawback of the older versions. There is still no information from Renault about this subject. Have patience: these city bugs will soon be coming to our streets, and we will obviously be talking about them again soon!