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The two Toyota iQ-like cars you see above look like the same car, but are actually twins that will be produced under two different brands. What you’re looking at is actually the next generation Smart ForTwo, which is the car on the left, alongside its mechanical twin, the Renault Twingo, on the right.

The Twingo mule’s Renault origins is made easy to guess – the diamond-shaped spacing on the front grille for the Renault badge gives it away. The next generation Smart ForTwo is supposed to take design cues from the Smart Forvision, ForStars and ForUs concepts, while the next generation Twingo was previewed earlier this year as the Renault Twin’Z concept.

Other than these small two door cars, word is that the ForFour and five-door version of the Twingo will also be cars based on the same platform as the ForTwo and three-door Twingo. This is quite a change from what the original next generation Smart ForFour was supposed to be. When Renault-Nissan and smart first announced a partnership, sketches that were released of a next generation Smart ForFour looked like a Nissan March with smart design cues slapped on.