Smart Forfour

Smart Forfour

The second-generation Smart ForFour has a lot of redeeming qualities about it. The fact that it’s bigger than the ForTwo is already a plus on its own, but its front section also looks a lot more modern than I thought it would. So yeah, I’m a fan of the ForFour and I’m actually excited to hear that Smart decided to introduce the ForFour’s own "Edition 1" model.

It’s just like what big brother Mercedes has done with some of its recent models, only with a Smart badge. But don’t let the badge fool you because the ForFour Edition 1 is actually a pretty cool model that’s got its own checklist of exclusive features.

The Graphite Gray primary hue is a good start to the look of the ForFour Edition 1. Add the Lava Orange exterior highlights, and you get a nice two-tone finish going on. There’s also a new black front grille and a panoramic roof with sunblind. The latter feature, in particular, is the kind of luxury feature you normally don’t see in a ForFour.

Moving on, the ForFour Edition 1 also gets the treat of a new set of 16-inch, black alloy wheels, a lowered sports suspension that drops the ride by 10 mm (0.39 inches), and a chromed tailpipe.

Smart has made no indication on when it plans to launch the ForFour Edition 1, but it’s a good bet that it’s going to be soon because a Smart that looks like this deserves to be in dealerships sooner than later.

Click past the jump to read more about the Smart ForFour Edition 1

Source: MB Passion

Launched in 2004, six years after the introduction of the ForTwo and one year after the Roadster went on sale, the ForFour became Smart’s third automobile. Unlike its previous offerings, the ForFour offered seating for five people and was only sold in Europe. Four engines were available at launch, including a 1.1-liter three-cylinder, a 1.3-liter four-cylinder, a 1.5-liter four-pot, all working on gasoline, and a 1.5-liter inline-three diesel. Transmissions included a five-speed manual and a six-speed semi-automatic. At the time, the ForFour was the only Smart car offered with a manual. Slow sales prompted the company to axe the ForFour in 2006, after only three years of production. Rumors about Smart ’s plan to revive the ForFour nameplate surfaced in 2012. Heading into the 2015 model year, the second-gen model is finally here as a longer, four-door version of the ForTwo.

Unlike its predecessor, the new ForFour borrows its styling cues and drivetrain layout from its smaller sibling. Once a front-engined car, the ForFour evolved into a rear-engined vehicle, while keeping its front-wheel-drive. Jointly developed with Renault , the new ForFour shares about 70 percent of its parts with the third-generation Renault Twingo, while its powertrains are shared with the 2015 ForTwo .

Click past the jump to find out more about the second-generation Smart ForFour.

Things seem to be coming together for smart with the development of its all-new forfour subcompact four-seater. The last we saw of the little city car, it was trudging through the snow in a video actually released by smart. This time, the images come by way of our spy photographers. They have caught detailed images of the forfour, along with its revised interior.

You may recall that smart is developing the forfour in conjunction with Renault. The French automaker’s version will share the same basic design and functionality, but will serve as the company’s third-generation Twingo. Both the Twingo and forfour will have a rear-mounted engine and transaxle that powers the rear wheels.

While the exterior is still tightly wrapped in swirly camo, many of the exterior details are still visible. It’s plainly a four-door car with a small hood and even smaller boot. Though storage space is at a premium, the interior will likely be a decent place to travel about in town in relative comfort.

To read about the Smart ForFour’s spied interior, click past the jump.

Smart ForFour

It’s been a while since we last heard something about the smart fortwo and forfour , but today our spy photographers have caught the two prototypes during winter testing in Sweden. The forfour will be pretty much identical to the fortwo, as it will be just a four-door version of the latter.

Both the forfour and fortwo will be built on a new platform that will also be used for the next-generation Twingo, and a future model from Nissan. This new platform has been developed as a recent cooperation between Daimler, Renault and Nissan. Despite rumors suggesting that Renault Renault has dropped interest in this co-operation, the two mules were seen with French plates and a Dacia Dacia Duster with French plates was used as a security vehicle to protect the two prototypes. Those facts could mean nothing, but they could also mean that Renault has regained interest.

Both the fortwo and forfour were heavily camouflaged, but rumors suggested that the production version will take inspiration from the Smart forstars concept revealed at the 2012 Paris Car Show.

Expect the new-generation Fortwo to hit the market in 2014, with the forfour coming in 2015.

With BMW preparing its new Project i city car, we would expect Smart to react and provide us with a new model of their own. Enter the new Forfour model for 2014. The new model will be built along with Smart’s new partners, Renault Renault and Nissan. Fortunately, we wo n;t have to wait that long for a new Smart ,model. The third-generation Fortwo will be revealed in 2012.

The 2014 Forfour will be built on a lengthened version of the Fortwo platform, the same one used for the next Twingo. The Fourfour will be a rear-wheel-drive model, measuring 3500mm in length and 1550mm in height.

Under the hood there will be a new range of four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines, ranging from 1.2 to 1.8 liters. This new direct-injection petrol and common-rail diesel units will be used into a wide range of compact Mercedes Mercedes , Nissan, Renault and Smart models. In both Smart Smart s, the engines will be mated to a dual-clutch gearbox and will be offered in hybrid and plug-in electric drivetrain options.

These cars look kind of cool , but seem completely irrelevant in the car world. It seems that people should just start walking to places instead of taking these itty bitty cars out. We are not even convinced that these cars can be at all comnfortable.

Source: Autocar
Smart Forfour will return

Smart Forfour went out of production in the middle of 2006. The decision came because of the low sales and the huge loses caused by the model.

But at the moment, Daimler is taking very seriously the possibility of the return of the Smart model. The reasons are very simple: the future emission regulation. In this case, Smart Forfour is considered the ideal candidate due of its low fuel consumption.

But the biggest news is that the new model will be sold with Mercedes logo and not as a Smart. Rainer Schmuckle said that an official decision has not been made yet.

Smart Forfour was built between 2004-2006 on a Mitsubishi platform.

Smart is working intensively on alternative drives and one of these is now going into series production. The smart forfour lpg (liquified petroleum gas) combines the petrol engines (47, 55, 70 or 80 kW) - which are themselves economical - with liquified petroleum gas drive. This does not only increase the vehicle’s cruising range, for example that of the 70 kW variant by 450 km to almost 1,300 km - above all it is kind to the environment and the wallet.


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