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The new third generation Smart car has grown in popularity since its original launch in 1998 and is attractive to buyers who seek a two-seat city car with tiny dimensions.
This year, the Smart Fortwo will offer buyers the choice of a two or a four seat model but it will be no longer than the current model which measures just 2.69 metres in length. Like previous Smart Fortwo cars, it will feature a clever design with a rear-engined real-wheel drive layout to increase passenger space in the cockpit.
Unlike its predecessor, the Mitsubishi Colt supermini which went out of production in 2006, the new Smart ForFour will share its platform with the new Renault Twingo and will be of a similar size to the popular city car.
Both models will come with the same engines at launch, a 1.0-litre turbocharged engine with 70bhp or 89bhp, whilst a further engine with 59bhp will be offered at the bottom of the range later on. Transmission will offer a choice of a five-speed manual or a six speed dual-clutch automatic.
The new ForFour will also feature Smart;s ‘Tridion’ safety cell – an existing feature of the ForTwo. The cell is designed to enclose passengers passengers within a super strong frame and help to counter balance the smaller crumple zones within such a small car.
As expected, both Smart cars will feature funky exterior styling and will come complete with a host of quirky features. The Smart models will continue to be extremely manoeuvrable around town with wall-to-wall turning circles of 7.3 metres for the ForTwo and nine metres for the ForFour.
The new Smart models are set to go on sale in November, with the ForTwo expected to cost within the region of 11,000 euros across Europe and the ForFour model around 600 euros more.