The new smart fortwo (2-seats) and forfour (4-seats) will go on sale in November priced from around £9,000 with a £475 premium for the equivalent forfour over the fortwo.
The new smart models were co-developed by Mercedes and Renault, sharing allot in common with the new Renault Twingo.
Unlike the previous smart forfour the new model is an extended four-door four-seat version of the forTwo – so it remains just as cute. The fortwo is 2.69 m long, where the forfour measures in at 3.49 m, it gets a long wheelbase as you would expect. Also the forfour can accommodate more luggage, with the back seats folded down there is a level load surface measuring 1285 x 996 mm with a cargo volume of up to 975 litres. The loading length with the front passenger seat backrest folded forward is 2.22 metres.
There will be the choice of three three-cylinder engines rated at 60 hp, 71 hp and 90 hp, with the option of either a five-speed manual transmission or the twinamic automatic dual clutch transmission, which promises an end to the jerky auto transmission of old.
Although at launch though there will only be the option of two engines, the naturally aspirated 999 cc three-cylinder 71hp/91Nm unit and the turbo-charged 898 cc 90hp / 135 Nm engine with automatic stop/start. The entry level 60hp engine will join the line-up a few months after launch.
There are three trim levels, ‘passion’, ‘prime’ and ‘proxy’. All models will feature LED daytime driving lights, central locking with radio remote control, visual locking-verification signal and immobiliser, cruise control with limiter (variable speed limitation), and exterior temperature indicator with frost warning, instrument cluster with monochrome LCD display and trip computer and electric windows in the front.
Top-of-the-range models will be available with touch screen multi-media systems offering navigation and smartphone integration (with smart apps). There will even a be a JBL sound system, comprising a 6-channel DSP amplifier (240 W) eight speaker system in the fortwo and an 8-channel DSP amplifier (320 W) twelve speaker set-up for the forfour.Published 17 July 2014