For a brand with such an "intelligent" name, Smart sure seems to do things backwards. Usually special edition models are released at the end of a model's lifecycle to try to boost sales before its replacement. But DaimlerChrysler have opted instead to release the new Smart ForTwo with the "edition limited one." The special version represents the new-generation ForTwo as the updated city-car makes its public debut at the Bologna Motor Show currently underway. Why Bologna, of all places, you wonder? Despite its own substantial domestic automotive industry, Italy is the largest market for the ForTwo. (Must be the Vespa-esque appeal.)

Like any other "special edition," the Smart ForTwo Edition Limited One is essentially the same as the regular version, only with special colors and a few options packages included. 1500 examples of the Edition Limited One will be produced, most immediately identified by what DCX calls a "pyrite grey metallic" paint job. Complimenting the pseudo-military greenish-grey tint are silver accents in the "Tridion" safety cell, side mirror housings and front grille. The car is only available in the coupe bodystyle, with a panoramic glass roof. The Edition Limited One also gets 15-inch six-spoke alloys.

Inside, the special ForTwo gets a unique "nappa leather" package, covering the seats, steering wheel and shifter in a weathered, aged cognac-brown leather trim. Power underhood comes from the stock FourTwo 71-hp gasoline engine driving through a manu-matic five-speed. The Edition Limited One also comes equipped with a/c, heated seats, clock, radio, tachometer and cargo cover.

DCX promises the pricing for the new ForTwo will remain the same as the model it replaces, but no word on what sort of premium the Edition Limited One will command over stock. Overseas, the new ForTwo will be ready to order a month from now. Stateside we'll have to wait a bit longer for the asthmatic counter-SUV revolution to begin.

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(Follow the jump for the full press release and hi-resolution images of the Edition Limited One plus a few new images of the "stock" new ForTwo.)

[Source: DaimlerChrysler]

ForTwo Edition Limited One

ForTwo Coupe and Cabrio

Press Release

Special model for the market launch: smart fortwo "edition limited one" with individual and exclusive equipment

Stuttgart, Dec 05, 2006
smart will be offering an exclusive special model of the new smart fortwo to coincide with the market launch in April 2007: the "edition limited one" shows that, like its predecessor, exclusive equipment is available for the new smart fortwo and there are lots of opportunities for individualisation.
The "edition limited one" smart fortwo will be presented for the first time at the Bologna Motor Show (05 - 17 December 2006). At the same time this will be the world premiere for the new smart fortwo at a show. With more than 210,000 smart fortwo sold to date, Italy is the largest market for smart.

Unique: bodypanels in pyrite grey metallic

As the name says, this is a limited edition. Just 1,500 models of the smart fortwo "edition limited one" will be built. The special model is available as a coupé only. It has a silver tridion safety cell and bodypanels in exclusive pyrite grey metallic. The door mirror caps and radiator grille are also painted silver. Further exterior features include a panoramic roof with sun blind and 15 inch alloy wheels in a six-spoke design.

The smart fortwo "edition limited one" is powered by a 52 kW (71 bhp) petrol engine. The maximum speed is 145 km/h. The new automated five-speed manual transmission with the softouch automatic gear programme provides for even more comfort and lots of driving fun.

Exclusive leather trim: "Used look" nappa leather

In addition to the special pyrite grey exterior, exclusive features in the "edition limited one" include seats, gear knob and a three-spoke sports steering wheel (incl. steering wheel gearshift) in an elegant, cognac-brown used nappa leather look.The velour floor mats also have a leather trim.

The interior appointments of the smart fortwo "edition limited one" further include air conditioning with automatic temperature control (incl. dust and pollen filter), heated seats, a cockpit clock, rev counter and the smart radio 9.

Further features are a luggage compartment cover, a storage compartment in the tailgate and fabric elements on the instrument panel, door trim and knee pad.

The new smart fortwo: Ordering starts mid January

The new smart fortwo can do everything that the current model 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.

Like the other models, the smart fortwo "edition limited one" can be ordered from mid January 2007. The prices will be announced in good time. The starting price for the new smart fortwo will stay at the level of the predecessor model.