One of the most popular mini cars in Europe, the current Twingo, will benefit from an automatic transmission, a very useful option considering the car spends a lot of time in city traffic. The current Twingo will receive the Efficient Dual Clutch transmission for the popular TCe90 engine just over a year after launch.
EDC is an automatic dual dry clutch transmission dispensing with the need for a clutch pedal. Gearshift control is of the ‘P-R-N-D’ type, plus an ‘up/down’ shift mode. The ideal gear is selected by an electronic control unit.
Available for £900 more than the manual version, the introduction of the EDC transmission offers ultrafast shift time of 290 ms. The transmission’s ‘creep’ control also helps the driver in crawling traffic, pulling away gradually when the brake pedal is released. The EDC transmission also offers Hill Start Assist as standard.
The Twingo EDC’s 0.9-litre 90 hp turbo engine is also available with Renault’s ECO mode, cutting fuel consumption by up to 10%. Actionable by the driver, the mode modifies the management of the gearbox ECU (Electronic Control Unit), enabling gear shifts at lower rpm.
Changes have also been made to the Twingo’s specification, with six-spoke 15” inch ‘Ariane’ alloy wheels becoming standard on Dynamique trim, replacing the 15” ‘Exception’ alloys. Customers will also be able to choose from the option of having extra-tinted rear windows on Dynamique and Dynamique S trim levels.