Munich, 29. July 2013 – the shortest car on the german market will get a successor in 2014. New prototype images now show the future front for the first time, with a surprisingly flat grille.

Several reasons have a life-enhancing effect on the smart fortwo: sales are decent in this country even towards the end of the model cycle: with 15.194 vehicles in the first half of 2013, the fortwo is ahead of competitors such as the fiat 500. Particularly important for mercedes is also the fact that smart reduces co2 fleet emissions. And that’s why smart boss annette winkler has to keep the model afloat with new special editions. But because the costs have to come down, the next smart generation will be developed together with renault. Daimler hopes that this will finally enable it to earn money from the smart. The new platform allows rear-wheel drive (smart fortwo) as well as front-wheel drive (smart forfour, renault twingo).

Indicated hood serves to protect the passenger compartment

The german-french collaboration is unmistakable from the prototypes, which so far look like a renault twingo that has been washed too hard. But now there is a first glimpse of the "real" front end of the next smart fortwo. It shows a coarser radiator grille and an evolution of the previous almond-shaped headlights. Particularly striking, however, is the upwardly drawn front section with indicated "hood". This is intended to improve protection for passengers and drivers. It goes without saying that the engine also works in the rear of the new smart fortwo, as side air vents clearly show. The starting point for the new engine family was the turbo three-cylinder engine with 898 cubic capacity familiar from the renault clio. The turbocharged version has 90 hp, the non-turbo version has around 70 hp. Also new are a renault dual-clutch transmission instead of the previous automated manual transmission and a tablet-like multimedia unit on the center console. It is not yet clear when the new smart fortwo will drop its skins. So far, the frankfurt motor show (iaa) is scheduled for september 2013, but in view of the few remaining weeks, the still rudimentary prototype is surprising. Set, however, seems to be the market launch, it should take place at the latest in april 2014. A premiere at the geneva motor show at the beginning of march would therefore be possible.

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