smart introduces next generation fortwo and forfour
 
smart introduces next generation fortwo and forfour smart introduces next generation fortwo and forfour
jul 17, 2014

smart introduces next generation fortwo and forfour


smart introduces next generation fortwo and forfour
all images courtesy daimler

 

 

 

in its first major redesign, the new smart fortwo has virtually been reimagined in all areas. the compact rear engine concept has also been unveiled alongside the four-seater smart forfour, where features such as the headlamps, the cooling air grille in the front and the iconic tridion safety cell are identical. power is supplied via three-cylinder engines from mercedes-benz outputting up-to 90 horsepower and is paired with either a five-speed manual transmission or twinamic automatic dual clutch gearbox. prices are expected to correspond to that of the current smart series, with the option to customize with 40 different exterior color combinations.

the new smart fortwo & forfour
the side view of the smart forfour reveals the same elements as the fortwo 

the new smart fortwo & forfour
the smart designers refer to the evolutionary development of the silhouette as a ‘one-and-a-half box’

the new smart fortwo & forfour
the grille’s perforated structure results from a honeycomb pattern

the new smart fortwo & forfour
a new front axle design adopts elements from the previous mercedes-benz C-class

the new smart fortwo & forfour
the wheels are positioned further outwards thanks to its 100 mm wider track stance 

the new smart fortwo & forfour
like a nut, the soft interior is protected from harm by a rigid shell

  • Reimagined and twice as ugly. Its strange, years ago as a concept everyone was clamoring to buy it and when it hit the street those same people cancelled their interest. SMART failed, so please let it and lets move on.

    charles says:
  • @charles I don’t see how a car that sells quite well since 16 years can be called unsuccessful.
    But this redesign looks surprisingly horrible.

    gk says:
  • Totally disagree. The first Smart design- was ahead of its time, didn’t really look like a car, and was priced high. This great little vehicle actually lives up to its name. It will be a hoot to drive, city or country, and has all sorts of lovely styling cues. Love the tail lamps, the wheel to body ratio, the color patterns. And the interior looks like that of a much bigger car. Bravo, Smart.

    Mort d'Urban says:
  • I was sad after the second version came out, longer and not “smarter”, but this one is even worse… please, STOP! I WANT THE VERY FIRST SMART BACK!!! IT WAS AND STILLL IS THE SMARTEST!!!!! Soooo saaaad….. :(((((

    Bruno de Paris says:
  • (I don’t agree with charles, smart did not fail, it was a success and I’d buy one straight away, if it only were the first design! 🙂

    Bruno de Paris says:
  • I guess the next generation of the smart “fortwo” will be as big as the smart “forfour” and the smart “forfour” will be as big as a truck. Every generation of the smart “fortwo” it gets bigger and bigger… I guess the US market is still not hapy with the current size of them.

    what? says:
  • The first generation Smart was a milestone design in the 90’s that states: “dream car can be fun, cute and affordable, doesn’t have to be sexy, luxurious and costly”. What does the new Smart want to tell us?

    Ben says:
  • I have a 2006 forfour. It’s way ahead of this new design. The new car’s exterior is too clunky and the interior is over-wrought. Compared with the new Mercedes A class, the smarts are very disappointing.

    raymondo says:
  • Part of the lack of success of the Smart in the US is that it’s virtually impossible to take advantage of one of it’s primary design objectives – to be able to park two vehicles in the space of one by pulling in perpendicular to the curb rather than parallel (illegal just about everywhere). It also is a bit of a horror on highways going 65mph (even higher in some areas). We are not blessed with the advanced rail systems that Europe has, so our highways are a primary mode of circulation and vehicles need to accommodate that with a certain degree of confidence. I’ve been told that highway driving in a Smart is a 100 percent white knuckle experience.

    It’s a great little inner city runabout, but in the US it’s actually a luxury vehicle, as most owners also have another car as well. The Smart is more of a novelty, like a totally tricked out golf cart.

    dbkii says:
  • I’ve been a tremendous fan of all Smart versions the past 10 years- Roadster, Forfour ForTwo etc- and currently am loving my ForTwo ElectricDrive. I love the new designs- ESPECIALLY the interior- the fortwo certainly needed an upgrade! The exterior updates have much more character than the current designs- they are certainly feeling dated. Thank you Daimler, I’m in. 🙂

    evan says:
  • the original smart concept was to be electrical, with a motor in each wheel hub. the technology was not there yet, but I think they could do it now with traction control software. this could make the car more roomy!

    moses mercer says:
  • Aaargh…this is some sort of FIAT, Japanese or Chinese piece like “let’s make it bigger and look unusual” without regarding general design rules. It’s horrible and it will definetely be a flaw in places where the first smart was a success.
    Dashbords in bright colours is an absolute NOGO as you can already see in the pics: reflections. Go and do your homework, boyz’n gals.

    Dirk16 says:

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