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.
During the autumn of 2010, Smart will be dropping the new generation ForTwo vehicles which will feature a fresh, new interior look, an upgraded exterior, and a range of environment friendly engines. A trendy matt finish is added into the available exterior colors for the new generation ForTwo. Also, an optional tridion safety cell in white is available, as well as new colors – red and blue – for its cabrio soft top. Other customization options include LED daytime driving lights and new alloy wheels. For a high-end, quality interior ambiance, the new ForTwo comes with fresh fabrics and colors as well as a new cockpit design.
The new generation ForTwo also features new, cutting edge technology found in its communication and entertainment systems. Giving power to these vehicles are state-of-the-art petrol engines, updated with 45 and 52 kW versions and setting a new emission standard of less than 100g/km CO2. A limited-edition model will lead the new generation Smart ForTwo vehicles boasting high-class equipment.
Marc Langenbrinck, Managing Director of Smart, says that the new generation of the innovative two-seater Smart ForTwo is developed to be made even better than the previous models. It is both attractive in terms of style, featuring high-quality materials and particular attention to detail. Moreover, it has been enhanced for more comfort and better functionality. It is even made more environment friendly as it offers a wide range of engine options. The new generation Smart ForTwo also gives customers the opportunity to customize their vehicles in accordance with their taste, satisfying their “unconventional way of thinking”.