Fans of super-minis, take note - here's your first look at the all-new Smart Fortwo. The teensy, tiny city car skipped out in full camouflage, but lacking any shape-hiding body cladding. Immediately noticeable is just how tiny it is. It looks even smaller than the Smart Fortwo that's on the road now, but that's merely an optical illusion - it's not as long, but has a larger footprint overall.

The rear overhang is virtually non-existent, while the new Smart looks to be sporting a snub-nose look, with both designs going a long way towards highlighting the reduction in length. Riding on a miniaturized version of the architecture that will underpin the Smart Forfour and Renault Twingo, our spies are reporting that this car will have its engine mounted in the back and that it will drive the rear wheels.

Gas, diesel and a next-generation of the Fortwo ElectricDrive should all be expected when the third-gen Smart hits the Geneva Motor Show stage in March.


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      Ducman69
      • 1 Year Ago
      Will it still end up getting worse fuel economy than cars twice its size while bucking like a bronco between each shift and ending up in the shop every 20K miles?
        ctsmith1066
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Ducman69
        What car twice the size of the Smart (other than hybrids) gets more than 34 city?
          Sheepdog 44
          • 1 Year Ago
          @ctsmith1066
          Mitsubishi Mirage gets 37mpg city. More importantly it gets 44mpg highway compared to the Smart car at 38mpg highway. The Fortwo has terrible aerodynamics! Which is why it can't touch larger sedan highway ratings which are increasingly becoming 40mpg or greater.
          ctsmith1066
          • 1 Year Ago
          @ctsmith1066
          That is actually very impressive, though I wouldn't say that highway mileage is more important than city mileage, generally. It all depends on one's driving environment. People who buy a Smart more likely than not live in a dense urban center, where highway mileage will matter very little over the life of the vehicle. Isn't the Mirage fairly new though? The current generation of the Smart has been in production since 2007. This new one might also boast improved fuel economy.
          GoodCheer
          • 1 Year Ago
          @ctsmith1066
          "(other than hybrids)" You just answered your own question.
          ctsmith1066
          • 1 Year Ago
          @ctsmith1066
          There's a reason I excluded hybrids. $$$$$
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        john96xlt
        • 1 Year Ago
        I was at a local restaurant and this guy had a Fortwo. I was trying not to laugh as he said he bought it because "it gets over 30 MPG!" As if a midsize sedan couldn't do that as well with many times the room, power, safety, style, comfort, etc..
          SteveG
          • 1 Year Ago
          @john96xlt
          Heck, for the same price he could have bought a Versa and gotten a much bigger car with better mileage.
          Street King
          • 1 Year Ago
          @john96xlt
          A V6 Chrysler 300 gets over 30 MPG too.....with 5 passengers, pulling an airstream trailer.
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          Street King
          • 1 Year Ago
          @john96xlt
          They don't get 30 MPG city. The car has 70 HP and has to be redlined just to get out of its own way, and not only that, it requires premium. There is no benefit, at all, to those POS cars. KIWF.
          ctsmith1066
          • 1 Year Ago
          @john96xlt
          A Ford Fusion Hybrid sedan *starts* at $27,200, and with options can get quite expensive. The Smart starts at $14,900. That's a huge difference in price, especially if you don't need more than a micro-car.
          ctsmith1066
          • 1 Year Ago
          @john96xlt
          Actually, scratch that. The Smart starts at $12,500.
          ctsmith1066
          • 1 Year Ago
          @john96xlt
          It's rated 34 city. As long as you don't drive it like an idiot, you should get 30+ in real life city driving. Most cars cannot do that.
      RyanC
      • 1 Year Ago
      I recall reading a post a long while back by someone in Canada who had the diesel and was putting down great numbers. Looking at wikipedia, I'd surely hope that was the case, as the car looks to take about 17 seconds to get to 60 mph!!!
      groingo
      • 1 Year Ago
      I can't believe they thing this is better than the Smart Roadster, you be the judge...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VZIoKYalNPk
      devbomb99
      • 1 Year Ago
      I hope smart improves the gearbox for the next generation fortwo. It was a deal breaker for me with the current form. The electric smart trans is much better. I just wish I had somewhere to recharge it at night.
      groingo
      • 1 Year Ago
      Mucked up the link somehow, try this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VZIoKYalNPk
      Wm
      • 1 Year Ago
      No mention of the deal with Ford to use the 1.0l EB. Is that still in the works?
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        @Wm
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      sortabad83
      • 1 Year Ago
      Dear God, please make it stop!!
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      k_m94
      • 1 Year Ago
      Great, now let's find a way of getting a bit more power out of it. Maybe replace the 1 liter 3 cylinder with a slightly bigger 4 cylinder? And by slightly bigger I mean 2 liter. And by 2 liter I mean 2 liter turbo. And by 2 liter turbo I mean Mercedes A45 AMG's 355hp 2 liter turbo. Although, let's be realistic. A Smart Car doesnt need a 2 liter engine. A 1.3 liter I4 would be plenty. By 1.3 liter I4 I mean Suzuki Hayabusa's 1.3 liter I4...with a massive turbo and nitrous oxide.
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        sebringc5
        • 1 Year Ago
        Tell that to the hundreds of thousands of owners you see over in the EU. It's America's PERCEPTION of what a car "should" be that's the problem. We prefer vanity over function. All the best, Aaron Lephart www.smartcar451.com
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        Jarda
        • 1 Year Ago
        500 sold last month pretty much confirms what u just said
      Walt
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is one car that the camo actually improves the looks of.
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