Smart will launch three new models by 2015, including a crossover

Article by Christian A., on December 27, 2012

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.

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.

The smart forstars’ warm yet confident face welcomes the observer with a bold and lively beam. The car is noticeably a smart family vehicle; nevertheless, it prides itself with remarkable fresh features. Forstars’ profile is definitely not the only aspect that was given a cutting-edge design language.

The front and rear lights has a prominent orthorhombic styling. The gauges and DRLs are illuminated by outer rings. The DRLs have a host of Light-emitting diodes. The lamps appear as if being pushed outwards looking like drips on the cockpit window of an airplane during takes off.

Above the windshield is a translucent red sun visor that gives the car a stocky road stance. The new headlights in front were given a U-shape due to the eyebrows above it. This new detail is among the features that were passionately made. The left-hand tail lamp has space for a beverage can, while the right-hand one contains the charging socket for the high-voltage battery. In addition, the tail lamps can be opened.

A longer wheelbase gives emphasis to the confident appearance of the vehicle. The front track is1475 mm in width or 193 mm wider than the ongoing smart fortwo. At the back, the rear track is 1475 mm in width or 90 mm wider than the current model. The length of the wheelbase was also increased. It is now 2470 mm long which means 603 mm was added to it. A typical smart feature was expressed by placing all four wheels farther at the outer corners of the body. The car is also unmistakably compact due to its exceptionally short overhangs at the front and rear.

Topics: smart, crossover

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