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2017 Smart ForFour Crosstown Edition

2017 Smart ForFour Crosstown Edition

It’s not for everyone, but you might end up liking it

Am I the only one who thinks that there’s something redeemable about the Smart ForFour? The four-door compact car hasn’t been as well-received as Smart would’ve liked, but it still has some qualities about it that make it an appealing choice for urban-goers. Say what you will about the ForFour, but you can’t deny that it has enough merits to warrant a special edition model, which is exactly what we’ll be getting when Smart brings the ForFour Crosstown Edition at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show.

I get the skepticism about the car; I really do. I get it that people think that it’s still too small for their liking. I get it that it’s still hilariously underpowered. I even get it that the car hasn’t changed much since the second-generation model was launched in 2014. All fair points, but give credit to Smart for not only soldiering on with the ForFour, but for also doubling down on it with the Crosstown Edition.

As you can expect, the special edition ForFour features a wide range of enhancements and packages, all of which were added to give the ForFour an exclusive look to it that the model rarely gets. Think of the ForFour Crosstown Edition then as a Smart catalog on four wheels that’s meant to showcase a lot of the equipment and appointments that usually come as added options on standard models.

The special edition ForFour doesn’t have any engine enhancements, so don’t expect anything in that regard. But there are some notable features elsewhere around the car, and in the absence of anything exciting happening under its modest hood, Smart makes up for it with some interesting upgrades both inside and outside of the ForFour Crosstown Edition.

So give it a look. You might end up liking it.

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2015 Smart ForFour Edition 1

2015 Smart ForFour Edition 1

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.

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2015 Smart ForFour

2015 Smart ForFour

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.

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2006 Smart Forfour

2006 Smart Forfour

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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