These blurry images received this morning show Renault's new Twingo CC (coupe cabriolet) testing in Europe.


The production model, which was due to make an appearance at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show, was a disappointing no-show. But these shots prove the idea has not been abandoned.


The last time a picture of a Renault mule like this one surfaced, back in March 2009, it was heavily disguised. It’s not undisguised now, either, but our tele-lens shots actually do reveal a lot more of the car’s unique profile. The open-top version of the Twingo is preparing to do battle with the Opel Tigra and Peugeot 207 CC in the entry-level segment.


The drop-top Twingo CC is a two-seater with a one-piece retractable hardtop, rather than the common cloth top, providing all-weather protection and safety as well as summer sun and fun. It'll share the Twingo's 1.2-litre four-cylinder engine, but get a boost in performance to about 120 horsepower. It'll also be one of the least expensive ways to go topless.