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Renault’s Twingo receives EDC transmission

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Renault’s Efficient Dual Clutch transmission, known as EDC, has been introduced on its popular city car. The Twingo gains the innovative automatic gearbox for the popular TCe90 engine just over a year after launch, resulting in a number of benefits for the customer.

The introduction on Twingo means that Renault's EDC transmission is now available across the majority of its range.  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 and gearshifts are both automatic and comfortable.

Available for £900 more than the equivalent manual version, the introduction of the EDC transmission offers the driver and passengers a smooth journey thanks to an ultrafast shift time of 290 milliseconds. The transmission’s ‘creep’ control also helps the driver in crawling traffic, pulling away gradually when the brake pedal is released. EDC also offers Hill Start Assist as standard.

The Twingo EDC’s 0.9-litre 90bhp turbo engine is also available with Renault’s ECO mode, cutting fuel consumption by up to 10 per cent. Actionable by the driver, the mode modifies the management of the gearbox ECU (Electronic Control Unit), enabling gearshifts 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-inch ‘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. 

The Twingo is available in four versions and powered by a choice of two three-cylinder engines – a 1.0-litre 70bhp normally aspirated unit or a 0.9-litre 90bhp turbo engine. Both powertrains endow the Twingo to match its agile, nimble handling.

As with all new Renaults, Twingo is covered by a four-year warranty that offers unlimited-mileage cover in the first two years and then two further years of protection up to 100,000 miles.  Four years roadside assistance cover is also included. 

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