For Smart, the future is now, or at least this fall. That's when the next-generation versions of Daimler's Smart line of compact vehicles, which were unveiled earlier this month, reach European showrooms, Automotive News says. They might be the first of a broader range that would follow them to stores shortly thereafter.

The two-seat Smart Fortwo and the four-seat Forfour will start European sales in November, and the word is that a convertible model and a battery-electric version will follow. We don't know when the next-gen Fortwo will reach the US but that Forfour is unlikely to ever be sold stateside.

A broader vehicle line from Smart may be necessary for the badge's longer-term survival. The company has registered the term "Formore," indicating the possibility of an extra-long version of the Forfour that would be earmarked for the US and China. The Forfour may get a convertible version (it already has a fabric roof), while another, sportier roadster-type model could also be developed, Australia's says, citing an interview with Smart's design director Kai Sieber.

Earlier this month, Smart unveiled the look of the 2016 Fortwo and Forfour, whose powertrains range from 60 to 90 horsepower. A bit more aggressive looking the new Smarts will keep their colorful options with as many as 40 mix-and-match exterior color schemes.

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      Who want a smart car. The thing is an overpriced piece of garbage. Even the Mitsubishi mirage is vastly better and cheaper with better MPGs.
      • 4 Months Ago
      Is is just me, or have they managed to make it look more like the Chinese Smart knock-off?
        • 22 Hours Ago
        I hadn't thought of it that way, but you may be right. I was just thinking, it wasn't much of a looker before, but they certainly managed to make it uglier.
      • 22 Hours Ago
      Doesn't beat my matte grey smart
      • 4 Months Ago
      I wonder why they aren't bringing the forfour over! It would definitely move better than the two passenger only model.