Mercedes-Benz revealed that the next-generation Smart family is progressing nicely. Included in its projects are the ForTwo and ForFour as well as a small SUV. Renault had helped in developing the ForTwo and ForFour but the French brand will now only produce its own version of the bigger car, which will be known as the next-generation Twingo.
Meanwhile, Smart proceeded with the development of the ForTwo. This car is slated to arrive in the early part of 2014. From the images that have come out, it is apparent that it will be inspired by the all-electric Smart Forvision concept with its large headlights and a perforated grille. But then, ForTwo’s contrasting Tridion Safety cell will remain. Similar to the VW up!, this model’s fully redesigned interior will get a removable tablet style-screen.
This could be used either as a sat-nav or trip computer. It will powered by a 64bhp 900cc petrol two-cylinder engine placed at the rear. Meanwhile, an 87bhp all-electric version will be available at the end of 2014.
The ForTwo cabriolet will be coming back. At about the same time, Smart will present the ForFour, which will be a bit shorter than the new Twingo. The ForFour will feature three-cylinder petrol turbos jointly developed with Renault.
They can deliver either 84bhp or 104bhp. The cars for both brands will also be rear-engined. In late 2015, Smart will introduce a new off-roader that makes use of parts from the Renault-Nissan alliance, particularly the next-generation Juke.
The crossover, which has yet to be named, will take inspiration from the Forstars concept that made its debut at the Detroit Motor Show this year. It is equipped with a lineup of four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines that generate as much as 148bhp.