The somewhat awkward name is a result of wanting to distance the new car from the ForFour, Smart's previous - and rather unsuccessful - four-seater offering (pictured). The return of a four-door Smart has been in the works for over a year, though the new car isn't expected to share anything with the original.
Smart's ForFour was based on a shared platform with Mitsubishi, which the Japanese carmaker also used for its Colt. The new ForTwo is expected to grow on a modified version of the ForTwo's platform, however, sharing the rear-engine, rear-drive layout of the minicar.
Development work on the new car is still in the early stages - a production version isn't expected until 2012, says AutoExpress, though we'd expect a concept version of the car to make its debut later this year or sometime in 2010 to help hone demand to a razor's edge.