New smart fortwo and forfourJuly 16, 2014
Images have been released of the new smart fortwo & forfour which will be launched in Europe in November and will cost from around 11,000 euros.
Gone is the old, slow semi-automatic gearbox, being replaced by either a five-speed manual or an automatic dual clutch transmission, mated to 60hp, 71hp, or 90hp three-cylinder engines which remain rear-mounted.
Two three-cylinder engines will be available for the new smart models at the market launch: the naturally aspirated engine generates 52 kW/71 hp from a capacity of 999cc.
Top of the range is the turbo engine rated at 66 kW/90 hp. The 898 cc engine has maximum torque of 135 Nm at 2500 rpm and has an automatic start/stop system.
A few months after the market launch, a basic petrol engine rated at 45 kW/60 hp will be available.
Both transmission variants are also new for smart: customers can choose between a five-speed manual transmission and the twinamic six-speed dual clutch transmission.
Passion, prime and proxy are the names of the three lines which upgrade the fortwo and forfour and provide for differentiation particularly in the interior. Their features include a leather multifunction steering wheel, an instrument cluster with 3.5 colour display and heated seats.
The smart also retains its compact dimensions for easy city driving.