First pictures: New Smart Fortwo and Forfour
18 July 2014
Author: Daniel Puddicombe
Smart has revealed its new Fortwo city car and has also brought the four-seat Forfour (last seen in 2006) back from the ashes to challenge the likes of the Toyota IQ, Fiat 500 and Ford Ka in the competitive segment.
The new models are powered by three-cylinder petrol engines with two power options (either 60hp or 90hp) with either a five-speed manual 'box or a dual-clutch gearbox from launch. Electric and performance brand Brabus models are due to follow, but there is no word on a diesel version.
Pricing-wise, if you want a Forfour, expect to pay around £600 on top of an equivalently-speced Fortwo when they arrive in the UK in the first quarter of 2015. The two models are ore closely related than with the previous Mitsubishi Colt-based Forfour. This time, they will share underpinnings with Renault's new Twingo that launches this autumn.
Initially, a mid-level Fortwo will cost around £11,000 (expect exact prices to be confirmed nearer to launch), and a sub-£10k model will arrive on our shores later in the year.
No CO2 figures are available yet, but expect it to be lower than the petrol model's 98g/km, which is what the current 71hp model emits.
Smart claimed it has set a new turning circle benchmark at 6.95 meters for the Fortwo, and the Forfour's boot outpoints rivals at 975 litres with the rear seats folded.
The German car maker also said the Fortwo underwent the same crash testing procedure as a C-Class, being crashed four times more than is required for cars in Europe.
"In the planning phase we were clear that we wanted to retain the rear engine for the new Smart, so as to continue to exploit the vehicles' strengths to the full in the city" said Jörg Prigl, head compact cars at Mercedes-Benz.
"The new smart Fortwo and Forfour adopt the proven concept while offering more of just about everything - more space, more colour, more equipment and even more fun in the city. Only the vehicle length remains as unique as ever, at 2.69 metres", added Smart boss Annette Winkler.