Available Autumn 2007
A new Smart fortwo will be appearing this year. It doesn’t look radically different than the current model – which may be a good thing as the Smart still looks funkier than the majority of city cars and its electric competitors.
Smart promises that the new car will be even more economical than the current model (which manages 60mpg) – although no figures are published yet. And Smart drivers will be pleased to hear that the forthcoming car has a new gearbox – the old transmission was consistently seen as a weak point of the car. The new car will also have re-engineered, uprated petrol engines.
As is common with most new models, even the Smart has grown slightly. The new car will be seven inches longer (or 19.5 cm) – this helps to provide better pedestrian safety and rear impact protection, and Smart claim that it will also result in improved ride comfort.
The car retains its plastic body panels, which help to keep its weight down – an important factor in delivering good fuel economy.
The cabrio version will feature an electric soft top which is fully automatic and can be infinitely adjusted to any position.
The existing model variants will continue to be available; pure, pulse and passion – each denotes a different level of equipment.
UK pricing and specification will be announced nearer to the launch date of autumn 2007.