All-New Smart Fortwo and Forfour: Big Game, Small Segment [w/Video]
Love it or hate it, the all-new Smart Fortwo has been revealed overnight in Berlin, and to mark its third-generation of pint-sized citycar motoring, it has brought a new friend to the playground – the longer, four-door Smart Forfour. Developed jointly with Renault, the new Fortwo and Forfour share their platform with the third generation Renault Twingo. That architecture retains the brand’s rear-engine, rear-wheel drive layout seen on the previous models, but we’re told it has seen a major overhaul in terms of refinement, ride comfort, and handling. PHOTOS: See More of the 2015 Smart Forfour
The Smart adopts a new front axle design inspired by the previous Mercedes-Benz C-Class in order to smooth out what has historically been a fairly harsh ride. The rear axle setup continues to be a De Dion tube unit. A sports suspension package featuring firmer springs will be an option on both models.
In the US, power is expected to come courtesy of Smart’s turbocharged 898cc three-cylinder engine, producing 90-horsepower and 100 lb-ft of torque, which comes fitted with a fuel-saving automatic start/stop system. Abroad, the new Smarts will include two other gasoline three-bangers: a 60hp unit and a 71hp unit. Buyers will have the option of either a five-speed manual or a new dual-clutch six-speed Twinamic transmission.
PHOTOS: See More of the 2015 Smart Fortwo
Both cars pack an impressive array of gadgets and safety features, not exactly commonplace for the smallest segment. The Smarts add stylish LED daytime driving lights on front with LED taillights following suit on the rear, an entertainment system with smartphone integration, and an eight or twelve speaker JBL sound system. Safety features like blind-spot monitoring, crosswind assist, and driver knee airbags come standard, with forward collision warning and lane keeping assist listed as options.
At a rather chunky 8.8 feet from bumper to bumper, the Fortwo has its sights firmly set on the urban commute, boasting a turning radius of only 22.8 feet curb to curb. At 11.4 feet, the longer Forfour will need 28.4 feet to make the turn.
Sadly for those looking to size-up to the larger of the pair, only the two-door Fortwo has been confirmed for the US market, pegged to arrive in late 2015. Pricing for the Fortwo starts at around 11,000 euros in Europe (about $14,880 in the US).
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