• Nov 10, 2006
UPDATE: Sorry to republish this post, but all official highrez shots, video and SMART's press release have been added after jump.


After a few sneak peeks of the new SMART fortwo, we have here the full catalogue of official shots showing the U.S.-bound city car for 2007. The changes made to the car are actually substantial, though extremely subtle. The fortwo has grown in all dimensions and now sits at 2.69 meters (8.82 feet) long. It will also be powered by a bigger, three-cylinder motor that's a full liter in size and available with 61, 71 or 84 bhp. A diesel option will be offered that generates 45 bhp, and the only tranny choice for any engine is a five-speed manual. SMART is also fitting the new fortwo with a "stop & go" system that cuts the engine at red lights much like a hybrid. Safety will be a big priority as well, with each fortwo stocked with front airbargs, ABS and ESP.

We also get to see the interior in this batch of photos and, aside from a steering wheel that looks like it was lifted right out of the '80s, the diminutive domicile looks pleasant enough and not as cramped as one might expect.

Check out a full gallery of shots after the jump.

[Source: Autoblog Spanish - translated]

PHOTO GALLERY (click on any image to enlarge):




PRESS RELEASE:

World premiere of the new smart fortwo:
The city loves you. Even more.

The new smart fortwo has arrived: The smart fortwo coupé and smart fortwo cabrio were unveiled to more than 550 international journalists yesterday evening in Stuttgart for the very first time. The location was unusual, but nonetheless very fitting for the smart fortwo: in the middle of the city, on the roof of a multi-storey car park.

In addition, there were presentations on comfort, agility, safety and environmental friendliness. After all, the new smart fortwo can do everything that its predecessor can do – but even better. This means that the new smart fortwo is even more comfortable, even more agile, even safer and even more environmentally friendly than its predecessor.

Comfort: The smart fortwo is fun to drive
The comfort of a car depends on more than just its seats. Nonetheless, the seats have been further improved in the new smart fortwo. Enjoyable motoring largely depends on whether a car is fun to drive.

The smart fortwo has always offered lots of driving pleasure and the new smart fortwo will be even more fun to drive. Apart from this, the vehicle concept is highly practical - especially for people who live in cities or urban areas. Because on most journeys a car carries just a single occupant, and because people make faster progress through the city in a smart fortwo. And because they don't have to search for a parking space, they find one right away.

Agility: New engines and transmissions
The new petrol engines pack a far more powerful punch: The three cylinder engine has capacity of one litre and comes in ratings of 45 kW, 52 kW or 62 kW (61 bhp, 71 bhp or 84 bhp). The engine power of the smart fortwo cdi has increased by ten percent and now stands at 33 kW (45 bhp).

All engines are linked to an automated manual five-speed transmission that has also been reengineered. The petrol variants now have a maximum speed of 145 km/h – 10 km/h more than the predecessor model.

Safety: Maximum occupant protection
The high level of passive safety has been further improved. As the new smart fortwo will be sold in the USA from 2008, it also complies with the strict American crash regulations as well as the high standards of the Mercedes Car Group.

Likewise, new regulations concerning pedestrian protection have been implemented in the front section. Furthermore, new head/thorax side airbags, offering extensive protection in the event of a side crash, are available as an option.

Environmental friendliness: Exceedingly low consumption
Despite the greater engine power, the standard consumption of the petrol variants is less than five litres of fuel. The new smart fortwo cdi consumes even less fuel. In accordance with the New European Driving Cycle, its consumption is less than 3.5 litres per 100 kilometres.
The diesel variant of the previous model already boasted the lowest consumption in its class. With an emission of just 90 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometre, the new smart fortwo cdi achieves "three litre" status.


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      • 8 Years Ago
      About a year ago I completed a marketing project for a class about distribution channels.
      My idea, which was to introduce smart cars to the U.S. seemed far from a potential reality.

      Looks like I shoulda got on board their marketing team!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Greg A.-

      "Furthermore, new head/thorax side airbags, offering extensive protection in the event of a side crash, are available as an option."

      a quote from the article you skipped over :)
      • 8 Years Ago
      And you though SUVs had a high center of gravity!!!!

      I can see SMART tipping becoming a big thing.
      BOB ROSE
      • 8 Years Ago
      Well they are already here in the states, i seen one at a fast food rest here in Orlando about 3 weeks ago.

      And everyone who walked by stopped to look, wish it had been mine, but it was just some older guy who drove it away.
      • 8 Years Ago
      We have had a Smart since 2002 and love it. It does not feel like little car when you drive it, and it is amazing how much stuff you can in it. We know of an accident where the Volvo lost. The Smart seems to be indestructible. As for the new one, it is too bad about the extra 20 cm, but the new transmission will be a welcome update. The only complaint we have is with the transmission.
      • 8 Years Ago
      yimmie is now in my lexicon also, any word that can make me smile makes it...

      and... how is there not room for the rev counter (tachometer) in the traditional place? i mean, i like the look of the old porsche slant nose 928 with its lamps up as well as anyone... just not inside :p
      • 8 Years Ago
      Is that lady putting a painting into her Smart in the last shot? Uhhhh........I would love to see how that works considering the painting looks bigger than the car.

      But that guage is pretty cool!

      When do we get the Brabus Verion :)
      • 8 Years Ago
      Consumer Reports knows shit about cars and computers. F them.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I have a G2 smartie, and again we have a "its going to get crushed on the freeway" thing going on

      you have seen the crash test they did, i dont care what car your in, you hit a concrete wall at 70mph and they will be mopping your innards out of the car.

      they quite happly sit on the motorways her doing 70mph+, it only gets interesting when you have a speed limiter + traction control moment at 85.

      service costs are about £250 a service but thats merc dealers ripping us off.

      it keeps up with the riceboys in the saxos ;)

      • 8 Years Ago
      Good thing there's seems to be no stopping SMART from conquering the U.S. A vehicle like this is what we need in this time of continued fuel price hike. This will take just half of the parking space we normally occupy plus environmentalists would sure be delighted.
      Dennis
      • 8 Years Ago
      Say what you want to down this car, folks. The plain fact of the matter is that it's cheap, it's reliable, it's economical, and it's safe. If you want flash and screw the cash, an Escalade would be more your style. What we're talking about here is a niche market aching to be filled. Look at how many sorry asses bought Festas and Rabbits and Yugos and so on and did it cheerfully and without any thought other than saving a bit of cash? I think this car is a LOT better than a Yugo. I've been to Europe plenty of times and they're damn popular, and it's not because ugly and tiny is cool. Get with the program, people. Gas isn't going to be cheap forever, as if it's cheap now. Being Green is more than just voting for something that MAY be of benefit and waiting in vain for results because some clueless Judge says it's illegal and throws it out. This is something everyone can do to save money, ease congestion, and reduce their carbon footprint NOW, instead of waiting for the Government to spoon-feed it into you. PLUS, this car is small enough to park tail-in to the curb. Think of all the really great parking spots you could get, and not even need a shoehorn!
      Lawrence Golin
      • 8 Years Ago
      This is a purely three season car. If I would hit black ice on a snowy road in Michigan, It would spin like a top and be demolished by an oncoming truck or SUV. Black ice is endemic to this State.
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