Renault has released a picture of its refreshed Twingo, which the company says will be the first production vehicle to show the brand's new design identity.
The updated Twingo will debut at the IAA in Frankfurt in September. The car gets a new front end with a larger Renault logo and it will go on sale shortly after being shown in Frankfurt.
The Twingo upgrade is a "quick and dirty" mid-life face-lift rather than an all-new vehicle, Renault's new design chief Laurens van den Acker told Reuters earlier this month. "We've tried to give the car more personality, so that you feel you're connected with it," he said.
Production of the four-year-old Twingo in Novo Mesto, Slovenia, dropped 14 percent to 153,599 vehicles in 2010, almost three times the rate of the European auto market's overall decline.
The new Twingo is limited to upgrades of the front and rear end, "because the investments are otherwise too high," van den Acker said.
The Twingo will be replaced in 2013 by a new model based on a new rear-wheel drive platform shared with Smart's future four-seater model.
Renault said Chief Operating Officer Carlos Tavares will reveal more details of the Twingo on September 13 in Frankfurt.
The next-generation Clio subcompact will be van den Acker's first complete overhaul of a Renault model since joining the French carmaker in 2009. The vehicle, which will be premiered next year, has more "muscular" lines, he told Reuters.