Smart: New ForTwo gets EV, drop-top

The new ForTwo will arrive in U.S. showrooms in the fall of 2015.
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BERLIN -- Daimler's Smart division will offer electric and convertible versions of the redesigned two-seater it unveiled here last week.

The new ForTwo will arrive in U.S. showrooms in the fall of 2015. Daimler r&d chief Thomas Weber said the EV and open-top models will come later.

Smart offers electric and convertible versions of the current ForTwo.

Weber also told Automotive News that Smart plans a high-performance version built with German tuner Brabus. He did not provide technical details about the derivatives.

The ForTwo and new ForFour four-seat model will go on sale in Europe in November. Daimler has no plans to sell the ForFour in the United States.

The ForTwo, built at Smart's factory in Hambach, France, gets two new three-cylinder engines, a new dual-clutch transmission and safety features such as Crosswind Assist and an optional collision warning and lane keeping assist.

The ForTwo and ForFour will be offered with a 71-hp, 1.0-liter naturally aspirated gasoline engine or a 90-hp, 900cc turbocharged gasoline engine. Both are three-cylinder units. A few months after the market launch, an entry-level gasoline engine rated at 60 hp will be added. The Smarts also will be available with a five-speed manual transmission or a six-speed dual-clutch transmission.

The two new Smarts have a similar design. The ForFour's front and rear overhangs are just as short as on the ForTwo. The car's roofline slopes downward toward the rear in coupe style.

The redesigned ForTwo is 105.9 inches long, the same length as the current model. The ForFour is 137.4 inches long.

You can reach Jens Meiners at jmeiners@crain.com.


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