A new type of Smart[s]

BY CHARL BOSCH - MAY 5, 2016

With the third generation version of its innovative city car available in Europe since 2014, Mercedes-Benz division Smart has finally released complete details of its new ForTwo and re-born ForFour offerings.

 

ForTwo

Originally unveiled in 1998 as an answer to the congested capitals of Europe, the latest ForTwo retains the same silhouette as its predecessors, but is claimed to boast a number of “novel details guaranteed for even more fun in the city”.

Aside from its absurdly compact dimensions – 2.6 m in length, 1.5 m in height and a wheelbase of 1.8 m – the ForTwo also retains the previous rear-engine rear-wheel drive layout, but with a number of changes underneath its new skin. These include a more rigid and stronger tridon safety cell, revised rear axle, new springs and a wider track.

Built in Slovenia and sharing a number of components with the new Renault Twingo, the ForTwo ditches its predecessor cutesy appearance for a more aggressive look highlighted by a new grille, u-shaped daytime running lights and a choice of up to 40 exterior colours combinations for the body panels and tridon cell.

 

ForFour

Replacing its Mitsubishi Colt-based predecessor withdrawn back in 2006, the ForFour now makes use of the same rear engine, rear drive layout as the Renault, with its wheelbase measuring 2.4 m compared to the ForTwo and length coming in at 3.4 m.

Inside, both have feature Smart’s new “Loop” interior design language which is said to be both “easy-going and charming”. Standard spec has also been revised with high-spec models boasting a eight (ForTwo) and twelve (ForFour) speaker JBL sound system as well as a smartphone docking station and a 3.5-inch TFT instrument cluster display.

Initially, both will be offered in a choice of four trim levels with power coming from a Renault-derived 1.0-litre three cylinder engine that makes 52 kW and 91 N.m of torque. A five-speed manual is the only transmission available.

Expected to arrive in July, the ForFour will also be offered with the same 898 cc turbocharged three pot used in the Clio, Sandero and Captur, with power rated at 66 kW and 135 N.m of torque. A six-speed dual-clutch box will replace the much lamented manumatic as sole transmission option.

A three year / 60 000 km service plan is standard on both models.

 

PRICING

FORTWO

MODEL POWER PRICE
base 52 kW / 91 N.m R174 900
passion 52 kW / 91 N.m R194 400
prime 52 kW / 91 N.m R203 400
proxy 52 kW / 91 N.m R207 400

 

FORFOUR

MODEL POWER PRICE
base 52 kW / 91 N.m R179 900
passion 52 kW / 91 N.m R199 900
prime 52 kW / 91 N.m R210 900
proxy 52 kW / 91 N.m R212 400
base AT 66 kW / 135N.m R210 400
passion AT 66 kW / 135N.m R229 900
prime AT 66 kW / 135N.m R241 400
proxy AT 66 kW / 135N.m R242 900