First Look: 2010 Renault Wind

It may share its name with a neat rear-wheel-drive concept convertible from 2004, but the new 2010 Renault Wind — which will be unveiled at the 2010 Geneva motor show — is Renault’s way of lopping the top off its subcompact Twingo.

Designed to compete against the Nissan Micra CC and the now-defunct Ford StreetKa, the Wind is largely a stock Twingo from the A-pillars forward, save for the unique lower grille opening. Designers scrapped the hatchback form in favor of a two-seat configuration, which sports a solid roof panel and some massive flying buttresses.

Similar to the system employed on the Ferrari 575M Superamerica, the Wind’s roof panel rotates over the rear window and is stored underneath the decklid. Renault says this design allows the top to be dropped in as little as 12 seconds, and has no impact whatsoever on trunk space — a good thing, as it’s already limited to 9.5 cubic feet.

Few other details on the mini-roadster have been released, but given its Twingo roots, we wouldn’t be surprised to see the car use any of the gasoline and diesel four-cylinder offered in its hatchback sibling — but we would be very surprised to see such an offering ever make its way stateside.

Expect to see more on the Wind emerge come March 2, when Renault officially unwraps the car in Switzerland. Stay with Automobile Magazine for all the latest from the 2010 Geneva motor show.

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