2015 Smart ForTwo test mule spy shots
Smart will be using the platform for its new ForTwo and ForFour models, while Renault will use it for its next-generation Twingo. Though the variety of models is all based around the same platform, they will clearly differ from each other in terms of size and product design.
One basic characteristic of the platform will be the unique rear-engine, rear-wheel drive concept used by current Smart vehicles.
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.
In terms of styling, Smart’s Forvision concept from 2011 points the way. Expect cute styling and plenty of lightweight materials in the construction of the new vehicles, including plastic body panels. 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.
As for production, the Smart plant in Hambach, France will be responsible for the two-seater ForTwo we see here, while the Renault plant in Novo Mesto, Slovenia will be the production location for the four-seater 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 launches of the jointly developed models are planned for 2013 onwards, which means we’re likely to see the new Twingo first, followed by the ForTwo and eventually the ForFour.
Stay tuned for updates as development continues.