Updated micro hatch on the way for Europe

A development prototype for the facelifted Renault Twingo has been spied this week, previewing an upcoming refresh for the French brand's littlest family member.

It looks like the Twingo will get revised front and rear treatments to echo the designs of the company's latest models – think Megane, Koleos and Scenic – with front fascia details spanning the width of the vehicle.

New bumpers and revised lighting units can be seen through the swirly black-and-white camouflage, along with new intakes on the outer sides of the front bumper.

At the rear, there appears to be new tail-lights, while the odd placement of the tailpipe could indicate the revised micro hatch could be getting new engines.

There are no pictures of the interior, though it's expected the Twingo will get minor revisions to cabin trims, along with updates to the infotainment system.

Considering the Twingo's close ties with the Smart ForFour, the Daimler version will likely get some running updates as well.

Currently, the Twingo is available with a naturally-aspirated 1.0-litre petrol engine along with a turbocharged 0.9-litre unit in two different states of tune. It's rear engined, too, which the company says makes for a quieter drive.

Timing for the updated Twingo is yet to be confirmed, but we'd hazard a guess it could be revealed at Renault's home ground – the Paris motor show – in September this year.

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