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Smart Fortwo to adopt new look

by on Feb.21, 2013, under Cars, Smart

Smart Fortwo to adopt new look

Smart Fortwo to adopt new look

Smart Fortwo to adopt new look

The new look is said to be dictated by a longer bonnet and a considerable increase in width.
The aim of the changes is to provide the third-generation city car, due out in 2014, with class-leading levels of front impact protection along with improved interior accommodation.
The overall length is said to have grown by up to 80mm to about 2750mm, and the width is set to increase by over 100mm to 1660mm.
Despite the adoption of a longer bonnet, the Fortwo is set to retain its rear-engined, rear-drive layout — an arrangement that rival car makers have described as being prohibitively expensive.

Smart Fortwo to adopt new look

Smart Fortwo to adopt new look

The mainstay engine will be a 0.9-litre, three-cylinder, direct-injection petrol unit in both naturally aspirated and turbocharged guises. Today’s 799cc three-cylinder diesel will be ditched on cost grounds.
In its place will be a pure electric version of the Fortwo, with the latest 87bhp electric motor from Bosch in combination with a lithium ion battery pack from Accumotive — a company partly owned by Mercedes parent Daimler.
Further details remain scarce, but speculation surrounding the new Fortwo suggests that it will offer crashworthiness on a par with that of significantly larger superminis, together with a new two-and-a-half-seat interior layout along the lines of the Toyota iQ.
The new Fortwo will form part of a new range of Smart models that is also set to include a follow-up to the discontinued Forfour, as well as a possible junior off-roader that inherits the ideas first explored on the stillborn Formore, development work on which was halted in 2005
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