Daimler officially introduced today the all-new 2015 Smart ForTwo and ForFour models and announced that the new vehicles will arrive in Europe in November. The 2015 Smart ForTwo will be priced under 11,000 euros (model powered by the 71 hp engine), while the 2015 Smart ForFour will cost around 600 euros more with the same engine.
As you can see from the photos, the new models are inspired by the FourJoy Concept that made its debut back in September at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show and is a big step over its predecessor. According to the official press release, the 2015 Smart ForTwo and ForFour models will offer new three-cylinder engines and dual clutch transmission.
Two engines will be available at the market launch: a naturally aspirated engine that delivers 71 hp (52 kW) from a capacity of 999 cc and 91 Nm of torque at 2850 rpm; a 898 cc turbo engine delivers 90 hp (66 kW) and 135 Nm of torque at 2500 rpm. A few months after the market launch, Smart will offer a basic petrol engine that delivers 60 hp (45 kW). Engines will be available with a five-speed manual transmission but also the twinamic six-speed dual clutch transmission.
Despite the increased safety requirements, the new Smart ForTwo keeps its unique length of just 2.69 meters (width 1.66 m; height 1.55 m) and sets a new benchmark at 6.95 m (from kerb to kerb) and 7.30 m (from wall to wall). In addition, the 2015 Smart ForTwo has a length of 3.49 m (width 1.66 m; height 1.55 m) and is able to turn almost as good as the previous ForTwo: 8.65 m (kerb to kerb) and 8.95 m (wall to wall). Smart will offer the ForTwo and ForFour models in three new equipment lines: Passion, Prime and Proxy.
Even the entry-level versions are offered as standard with LED daytime running lights, central locking with radio remote control, visual locking-verification signal and immobiliser, cruise control with limiter, exterior temperature indicator with frost warning, instrument cluster with monochrome LCD display and trip computer as well as electric windows in the front.
For the first time, the Smart brand is offering a JBL sound system that incorporates a 6-channel DSP amplifier (240 W) in the fortwo and an 8-channel DSP amplifier (320 W) on board the forfour. Regarding the design, we find a new grille with perforated structure, a higher bonnet, an updated Smart logo that features a smart finish rather than a high-gloss look, rhombic front lamps, U-shaped daytime driving lights and rhombic tail lights.
The new Smart ForTwo shares many design features with the Smart ForTwo and comes with a large door that extends into the B-pillar with a frameless window. The typical smart genes are thus recognisable from afar on the road: the striking door contours and the unique tridion cell. A new feature on both models is the pronounced shoulderline that provides a firm look on the road.
Smart promises to offer new exterior colours and around 40 combination options between bodypanels and tridion cell. Inside, we find a sculptural dashboard that consists of two sections: a bold and sensuous outer section which can optionally be covered with fabric, and a concave inner section that incorporates the functional elements.
The nstrument cluster and the infotainment centre with radio/navigation appear to hover in front of the dashboard. The three-spoke steering wheel is optionally available as a multifunction variant which can be used to control the radio or navigation unit positioned in the centre of the dashboard. [source: Smart]