Daimler has unveiled the new 2015 Smart ForTwo alongside the new Smart ForFour.
The third iteration of the world’s most recognisable city car was shown alongside the new Smart ForFour, which is back and twinned, this time, with Renault’s new Twingo rather than a Mitsubishi hatch…
The good news continues with the retention of many of the details that made the original ForTwo so popular, although the new Smart features all-new tech and a fundamentally new architecture. Made for city driving, the new car’s length has been kept to just 2.9 metres and, with its short overhangs, the new ForTwo should be easy as pie to drive in traffic. For those requiring slightly more space, Daimler seems intent on taking the four-seater ForFour more seriously this time around, yet it’s nearly as manoeuvrable as the ForTwo and should be easy to drive in typical urban driving situations.
Safety is one area in which the new car’s been improved over its predecessor: Crosswind Assist is standard and applies the brakes in small inputs should it feel the car is being blown off course. The suspension has also been further developed with Smart claiming the changes will improve the ride comfort and handling.
The list of standard equipment is also expected to be generous. European spec includes cruise control and daytime running lights, while ABS and ESP are standard. You’ll also have the option to personalise your ForTwo or ForFour.
Beneath the metal, the biggest change is the news that the ForTwo will be available with a choice of three-cylinder engines – a naturally-aspirated 52kW version and a turbo 66kW. Customers will also be able to choose between a five-speed manual and a Twinamic six-speed dual clutch transmission. A cheaper 45kW petrol engine will be introduced to the range a few months after launch.
Smart’s signature rear-wheel drive, rear engine concept is available for the first time on the ForFour, too.
Daimler South Africa has confirmed the Smart range will be coming to SA by early 2016.