For Smart, ForTwo is the 1

The Smart ForTwo is getting a redesign.

Smart will be a one-vehicle brand in the United States.

The Smart ForTwo is being redesigned and it comes to the United States in August 2015. Smart decided not to sell the slightly larger four-seat ForFour in the United States. The ForFour goes on sale in Europe late this year, and executives say U.S. sales wouldn't be high enough to warrant the costs of homologation.

Smart ForTwo: The redesigned two-seater hasn't changed dramatically. The length remains the same, at 105.9 inches, but it's about 4 inches wider.

The ForTwo will be powered by new three-cylinder engines co-developed by Mercedes-Benz and Renault.

The 1.0-liter generates 71 hp and the turbocharged 900cc powerplant makes 90 hp.

A few months after the market launch, an entry-level gasoline engine rated at 60 hp will extend the powertrain range.

The ForTwo will be available with a five-speed manual or a six-speed dual-clutch transmission. Electric and convertible variants are likely to come in 2016.

You can reach Diana T. Kurylko at dkurylko@autonews.com -- Follow Diana T. on Twitter: @dianakurylko

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