New Smart ForTwo and Smart ForFour will debut in 2014 full details…

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New Smart ForTwo and ForFour set for unveil

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Mercedes-Benz’s struggling city car division is seeking to add a new to the urban driving experience its third-generation ForTwo, currently the final phase of a three-year and development program ahead of a unveiling mid next year.

Set for American launch in 2015, the two-seat hatchback represents a chapter in operations for Smart, has recently gained greater from parent company as its boss, Annette Winkler, to stem years of financial after almost a decade of following its short-lived joint with Mitsubishi.

The new ForTwo. internally as project C453, has developed in a joint engineering with the upcoming second-generation and its sister car, the third-generation Twingo .

All three are based a newly developed rear-engined/rear-wheel-drive structure with engineering led by with input from which is relying upon it to next year’s third-generation with a new lease on life.

to support differing wheelbases and widths, the new structure boasts high-strength steel than is in the 15-year-old, second-generation ForTwo. adds rigidity and improves worthiness and safety.

While Smart has joined with Renault to create economies of scale and share costs, Winkler is adamant the intrinsic character and urban focus of the ForTwo remains It is a city car, and in this it is quite unique. We have built on the strengths of the old model, she The new ForTwo is more … in respects but it still fun to drive.

In a driven by the latest pedestrian criteria applied to the European test procedure, the new ForTwo the one-box silhouette of its predecessor for a profile, with a more hood and more upright

Familiar features such as the short overhangs, exposed steel safety cell, tailgate, composite body and two-tone paint scheme are set to an integral part of the new city styling. New details such as the LED head- and tail lamps, a grille insert and engine bay ducts have been over from recent cars to give it a completely new that will be shared the new ForFour to provide the new Smart with a distinctive family

The ForTwo coupe, as the two door car is officially named, will be in June 2014 prior to its first public appearance the ForfFour at the Paris auto in September 2014. A successor to the cabriolet is then due to make an at the Geneva motor show in

The new ForTwo retains the same as today’s second-generation model at inches. After consultation existing customers, we came to the that compactness is still to the appeal of the car for the majority of customers. It is the key that sees the ForTwo out from the crowd, said

Height also remains to the 60.6 inches of today’s However, Smart has provided the iteration of its city car with 4.0 inches of added body extending it to around 65.4

By comparison, the ForTwo’s city car the Scion iQ, measures 117.1 in length, 59.1 inches in and 66.1 inches in width.

As well as providing the ForTwo a more confident appearance, the width within the body has scope for significant changes to the which adopts tracks are up almost 4.0 inches at the front to inches and a similar amount at the at 58.3 inches. A heavily suspension continues to use a combination of up front and a torsion beam at the but with altered geometry and has been described to Autoweek as a new in terms of elastokinematic properties.

suggest the handling has been both at lower speeds town and at higher speeds on the road, with the larger said to bring a dramatic in the ForTwo’s ability to carry through corners, without the for premature intervention from the control system.

The wider is also claimed to bring stability at higher speeds, in lane change maneuvers. wheel travel and new damping should contribute to greater comfort with less pitch over bumps.

developments include a new electromechanical system. According to Winkler, it the new two-seater with an ultra-tight turning circle, or almost 4 less than today’s for what she describes as sensational in an urban environment.

The new ForTwo is powered by an all-new rear-mounted engine. The 1.0-liter direct-injection petrol unit has developed in partnership between parent company Mercedes-Benz and

Two versions of the joint engineered are planned from the outset of sales: naturally aspirated 70 bhp and 85 bhp. A more highly turbocharged 105 bhp version will appear on a successor to the ForTwo

The new engine will come to a standard six-speed manual or seven speed dual gearbox — the latter by Getrag and revealed at the recent motor show. As with the two generations of the ForTwo, drive is to the rear wheels.


For the first since its introduction back in the signature Smart model go without a diesel engine We investigated the development costs for a new But they were prohibitively for the limited sales volumes we have expected, says

Instead, Smart has concentrated its efforts on a new electric drivetrain. remain scarce, but it is described as a of the existing architecture used in the ForTwo ED, which will to be produced alongside the new ForTwo.

The new will be built in Smart’s in Hambach, France, with the production examples due down the next May.

Joining the in Smart’s new lineup in 2015 be the all-new second-generation ForFour, a car says has not yet been approved for in North America.

Essentially a version of the ForTwo, with it shares its complete front-end styling and interior appointments, the new has been developed in a joint program with the third-generation Twingo. alongside which it be produced in Nova Mesto,

Conceived to broaden Smart’s reach while retaining the car focus for which the company is the new ForFour runs to a length of inches, according Winkler, it 31.7 inches longer the ForTwo but 9.9 inches shorter its Mitsubishi Colt based produced between 2003 and but never officially sold in the

As with its perceived compact car the Fiat 500 and Volkswagen Up, the new Smart codenamed W453, attempts to to city dwelling family car by offering two rear seats and rear doors that to almost 90 degrees to aid entry. The rear seats are simple that can easily be flipped to a bench and extend luggage

The ForFour will be sold the same engine as the ForTwo, a 1.0-liter three cylinder engine in differing states of together with an electric developed in partnership with

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