- A new video from Daimler AG offers a peek at the redesigned 2016 Smart Fortwo and Smart Forfour, which debut at the 2014 Paris Auto Show.
- The latest Smart cars are slightly larger than previous models and reshaped with a two-box profile.
- Smart spokeswoman Terry Wei told Edmunds that the new Smart vehicles may arrive in some markets for model year 2015 but will likely be labeled as 2016 models in the U.S
MONTVALE, New Jersey — A new video from Daimler AG offers a peek at what we can expect from the redesigned 2016 Smart Fortwo and Smart Forfour, which debut at the 2014 Paris Auto Show.
"Other countries will get the all-new Smart first," Terry Wei, a Smart spokeswoman, told Edmunds, "so it may come as model year 2015 for the other markets. However, we won't get the new Smart until calendar year 2016."
When the redesigned versions arrive in the U.S., Wei said, it's likely that they'll be labeled as 2016 models. She also noted that Smart has no confirmed date for the arrival of the new models at U.S. dealerships and that pricing has not yet been announced.
Wei confirmed that the latest versions of both models are scheduled to make their official debut at the 2014 Paris Auto Show in October. However, some German media are hinting at a less formal unveiling in Berlin on July 16.
In the meantime, the video entitled "The Smart DNA" provides a glimpse into the future.
As the title indicates, the film makes it clear that the general look of the Smart Fortwo will be retained in its latest iteration. The wheels are still located at the corners, the Tridion Safety Cell remains a key design element and, as always, the vehicle is extremely compact.
But it is growing, although not by a lot. As Smart USA General Manager Mark Webster previously told Edmunds, the new model will be "about 3, 4 inches wider and maybe 1 or 2 inches longer" than the previous version.
More noticeably, the video shows that the updated Smart Fortwo will feature a two-box design, lending it a more traditional profile than the older model's one-box layout.
The Tridion cell is a bit larger now, with a distinct bulge at the rear. The Smart's signature grille has been widened into a broader "smile." Hexagon trim elements have been splashed liberally inside and out. And the new model's dashboard is now oval-shaped, with round instruments.
The latest Smart vehicles share a platform with the Renault Twingo (not sold in the U.S. market), so they are expected to be powered by that car's three-cylinder, 1.0-liter engine, which puts out 70 horsepower and 67 pound-feet of torque. The Renault 900cc turbo, with 90 hp and 100 lb-ft of torque, could also be an option. Transmission choices are likely to be a five-speed manual or optional six-speed, dual-clutch automatic.
As in the past, an electric version will also available, but it will probably follow the gasoline-powered models by at least a year.
Webster told Edmunds that there are no immediate plans to import the larger Smart Forfour into the U.S. market. So, at least initially, American buyers will have to be content with the two-passenger Smart.
The Smart Fortwo competes with the 2014 Chevrolet Spark, Fiat 500 and Scion iQ.
Edmunds says: The redesigned Smart Fortwo should appeal to consumers in the market for a compact, economical city car.