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2015 Smart Fortwo Spy Shots

 
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2015 Smart Fortwo spy shots

These are the first spy shots of a completed prototype for the next Smart Fortwo, the third generation of the Mercedes mini and the first to be developed with another automaker. Yes, Smart has teamed up with alliance partner Renault to develop the platform for the new Fortwo, a car that is expected to go on sale towards the end of next year as a 2015 model.

Renault will be using the shared platform for its next Twingo, which it recently previewed in concept form. The French automaker will also be helping with production of some Smart variants. We say variants as Smart will once again offer a four-door Forfour model with the arrival of the new generation.

As this is a prototype, it gives us a glimpse at the new shape for the 2015 Fortwo. As for the styling, Smart’s latest Fourjoy concept points the way. Key details will be square-shaped lights, a honeycomb grille and a minimalist interior. A shot revealing part of the interior shows what appears to be a dash-mounted display, though it’s still too early to determine if this is just for testing equipment or if it will feature on the production version.

The platform, meanwhile, will retain Smart’s rear-engine, rear-wheel-drive concept. The current Fortwo’s array of gasoline, diesel (overseas) and electric powertrains should carry over to the new generation, though with significant updates to make them more efficient. The Fortwo, which averages about 34/38 mpg city/highway, has fallen short to newcomers like the Scion iQ and Chevrolet Spark, which offer similar economy but more interior space.

The Smart plant in Hambach, France will be responsible for production of the two-door Fortwo we see here, while the Renault plant in Novo Mesto, Slovenia will be the production base for the Forfour as well as the new Twingo. Note, Renault’s Japanese partner Nissan is also expected to launch its own model based on the new platform.

The respective launches of the jointly developed models were originally slated for this year but delays have pushed that date back to 2014. We’re likely to see the new Renault Twingo first, followed by the Fortwo and eventually the Forfour.

Stay tuned for updates as development continues.

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