The buzz for the new Smart ForTwo and the ForFour is rising and at this crucial point, the company has teased the shape of the new twins with a video. The video traces how the cars have evolved over the years and also points to what the 16th July event will unveil to the world.
The Smart ForTwo and its elder sibling, the ForFour always had miniature dimensions and the new models will continue on that albeit with a few changes to the overall proportions. This time around, the cars were developed alongside the Renault Twingo, which is why the cars will now share many mechanical bits and pieces. Both, the ForTwo and the ForFour are now based on a common platform as opposed to the earlier versions in which both were actually different models. This will help get down the cost of both the cars and open up a large part of the market for the company.
Smart cars have always had the rear-engine rear-wheel-powered convention. The engines on offer will be a 1.0 litre 51kW three cylinder or a 900cc turbotriple engine which will develop 66kW. The rear wheels will be powered by a 5-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic gearbox. A fully electric version for the ForTwo will be offered but we`ll have to wait until mid-2015 for it.
The standard versions will include DRLs, a multi-function steering wheel and rear parking sensors (does such a small car need them?). The interiors are likely to follow with the happiness inducing cute circular theme on the dash and the door panels. The front of the cars is heavily inspired from Smart`s concept models over the past couple of years. The overall body of the car has now switched to a two-box design for better safety and rigidity.
A soft-top version will be on offer with a canvas roof with the ForTwo. The cars will be unveiled on the 16th of this month and a full launch will take place at the 2014 Paris Auto Show in September.
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