Renault withdrew its support from the next-generation Smart ForTwo

Article by Christian Andrei, on January 3, 2013

Renault wanted to save money and manpower and so it withdrew its support for the Smart ForTwo's twin brother codenamed Project Edison, which it had been co-developing with Daimler, according to CarMagazine. This means that Daimler will have to continue with this project on its own. Renault decided to withdraw from the project because it wanted to save on resources and the project has not met its objectives since it is overweight and has gone over budget.

Another issue that may have been a factor is the choice of a gasoline engine rather than a diesel such as the current generation, resulting to a rise in the CO2 emissions level from 86g/km to 99g/km.

All the motors will use 3 cylinders, with the weakest getting an 0,9liter engine with 65hp. Meanwhile, the others get 85 and 105hp. Furthermore, the gearbox will be changed from a sequential transmission to a manual with six-speeds.

But for €2000 more, the customer could ask for a new seven-speed twin-clutch gearbox. The new Smart measures slightly longer (2700mm to 2730mm) and much wider (1750 to 1870mm) to make it have more stability but then it becomes less urban-friendly. Within a few months, a cabriolet and an electric version will make their public debut.

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