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 has dropped interest in this co-operation, the two mules were seen with French plates and a 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.
Back in August 2012, we brought out the first spy shots of the next generation Smart Fortwo and now we have proof that the company is also working on the new generation ForFour. A test mule for the car has just been spotted testing for the first time.
The new ForFour will actually be a four-door version of the next ForTwo and will be offered with both rear engine and rear-wheel-drive layout. The model will be built on the same platform as the new Renault Twingo - a platform that will most likely be used for a small Nissan city car. It is believed that the next two models will borrow some of the design cues seen on the Smart Forstars Concept unveiled at the 2012 Paris Auto Show.
Expect the Smart ForTwo to be the first of the two vehicles to hit the market in 2014, with the ForFour coming in 2015. The production of the two models, however, will be done simultaneously.
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 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 , Nissan, Renault and Smart models. In both 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.
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.