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Daimler has given an early reveal to the facelifted Smart ForTwo.  The tiny car will get its introduction at the Paris Auto Show in October, with sales set to begin soon after.

The facelift will be available in a new exterior color, light green with a matte finish, with customers able to choose from three new 15-inch alloy wheels.  LED daytime runners are now built into the car's front.  At the same time, the grille, mirror caps and safety cage are now available in white, as well as silver or black.

Under the hood, new engine software helps to improve fuel consumption levels to a combined 56mpg (US), with emissions reduced to 97 grams of CO2 per kilometer.  Inside, LED lighting adds some ambience, while the optional 16.5cm LCD screen provides all sorts of information.  Other added features include a new leather-wrapped steering wheel, center armrest, and a renewed instrument cluster.  The dashboard has also been refreshed.

The 2011 Smart ForTwo facelift will be followed by a rear-engined ForTwo.  The next generation car is to be built on a rear-wheel drive platform, developed from a partnership with Renault, and should hit the market in 2013.

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