Next generation Smart Fortwo spotted
The new generation Smart Fortwo has spied upon in Europe. The automotive press have speculated about what is in store for the vehicle in future.
From the spy shots, Renaults influence upon the car is quite clear to see. Elements of the Twingo are evidently seen upon the bodywork of the car. Renault and Daimler announced their partnership back in 2010. It has been a long time coming since these two started to show some sort of collaboration.
The automotive press have speculated that the whole vehicle will be based upon the Twingo platform. The deal between Daimler was Renault was established with Nissan too. The main aim was to develop smaller cars together. All hope to share platforms and technology, helping to save a great deal of money for everyone involved.
The car is likely to come with petrol, diesel and an electric power train. The fuel versions will be economical enough, imagine just how brilliant the electric version will be. Don’t expect the vehicle to be the most powerful considering it’s size and purpose. The engine maybe mounted to the rear of the vehicle according to some sources. There could be a brand new 1.2 four cylinder petrol engine developed just for this vehicle alone.
There is still a long road ahead. The vehicle seen is just a prototype. Many changes to the design and mechanical engineering are still yet to go ahead. It is expected to take inspiration from the 2011 ForVision Concept and For-us Concept vehicle. If the car is to make an impact on the American market, it is quite important that it has more space.
From the looks of the spy shots the car may have slightly more headroom than the previous generation. There are more modern headlights and taillights. The front grille has also been modified giving the car a whole new look. All models may be released in 2014.
The models will be seen at the Frankfurt Motor Show next year many expect. As far as Renault is concerned, they are expected to release a new vehicle named the Izzy. The city car will be developed in association with Mercedes-Benz. The prototype of the new Smart Fortwo has rear wheel drive architecture, which represents quite a significant change.