“The smart fortwo has reinvented itself once again and is now more fun than ever before” says the Stuttgart-based automaker of its compact smart car that measures just 2.69 metres in length and is powered by a state-of-the-art 52 kW/71 hp 3-cylinder engine with low fuel consumption of 4.1 litres per 100 km.
A distinctively trendy car that’s fun to drive and offers high manoeuvarability, the smart fortwo boasts a turning circle of 6.95 metres. The lightweight engine and twinamic 6-speed dual clutch automatic transmission are positioned at the rear, aiding in the compact design of the car and its agility, particularly in traffic and when it comes to squeezing into a parking space.
The smart fortwo competes against the likes of the Scion iQ, Toyota Prius C and Fiat 500e. The Scion iQ is a minimalist metropolitan runabout that also has impressive fuel economy and can be parked just about anywhere, the Prius C offers top fuel economy and a nimble and easy-to-park size, while the all-electric version of Fiat’s 500 hatchback is also well suited to city dwellers in its own right.
Mercedes says the smart brand is designed to appeal equally to the heart and mind. Combining familiar design features such as the two-colour concept of the tridion safety cell and bodypanels with new ideas and details, the smart fortwo is made to stand out on the road.
The colour contrast between the tridion cell and bodypanels is a characteristic feature of the smart fortwo and there is plenty of choice when it comes to this, with up to 40 colour combinations available.
The exterior design of the smart fortwo features extremely short overhangs at front and rear and a 100 mm wide track that sees the wheels positioned further outwards. These characteristic proportions provide for impressive visibility and agility and, together with the rear engine, enable a passenger cell accommodating an unrivalled amount of space in such compact dimensions. Other key elements of the exterior are the headlamps and cooling air grille in the front, while the higher bonnet with new sculptural lines lends the car a more grown-up and sportier character.
The smart fortwo’s face is designed to be ‘friendly but self-assured’ and a distinctive feature of this is the signature smart grille, which is now slightly larger.
The ‘easy-going and charming’ interior features materials that are a pleasure to look at and touch, and is surprisingly spacious with an extra 10 cm of width. It’s an interior created to reflect the values of a young, active and networked generation.
Functionality and interior space are key components of the smart fortwo. The sporty front seats are designed as integral seats and the 3-spoke multifunction steering wheel is standard equipment which can be used to control the radio or navigation unit (optional). The infotainment centre appears to hover in front of the dashboard, and the sporty dashboard instrument with clock and rev counter offers practical guidance for fuel-saving driving, timely shifting and over-revving.
The instrument cluster and its semi-circular segmentation for the speed and warning indicators cites previous smart models, but in a new look.
With a cargo volume of up to 350 litres, the luggage compartment of the smart fortwo is spacious, and the split tailgate facilitates loading and unloading. The passenger seat backrest can be folded down to allow items up to 1.55 m in length to be fitted in.
The new smart fortwo boasts an impressive body space index, which describes the ratio of interior to exterior length whereby the interior length is measured from the accelerator pedal in unused position along a horizontal line to the rear end. The smart fortwo has a top rating for this criterion at 75 per cent.
Mercedes’ city car comes with an array of safety and assistance systems, including five airbags as standard, crosswind assist, forward collision warning function, rear-end collision warning function, hill start assist, anti-lock braking system, cruise control with limiter, electronic stability programme, parking aid and reversing camera. The tridion safety encasing the occupants is made of high-tech steels; a high proportion of ultra-high strength hot-formed steels and maximum-strength multiphase steel is now used on the new smarts.
When it comes to multi-media systems, the smart fortwo features the smart Media-System with a 7-inch multi-touch display and interfaces for AUX, USB and SD card, integrated navigation function and Bluetooth® connection, the smart Audio-System and for the first time, the JBL Soundsystem as an option.
The new smart cross connect is among the apps available with the smart fortwo, specially developed for in-vehicle use on the road and for use outside the vehicle as well. Available for mobile phones with iOS and Android, the features include control of the main radio functions in the Audio-System, navigation including POI search, parking space finder, trip monitor and display of key vehicle data including speed and fuel consumption.
Smart fortwo comes to Hong Kong car dealerships in a choice of three equipment lines – passion, prime and proxy. And to tie in with the market launch of the new smart generation on the Hong Kong auto scene, five smart fortwo edition#1 units are for sale. This limited edition features a tridion safety cell in lava orange combined with body panels/body in white.
The smart fortwo passion line is, as Mercedes describes, for those looking for something a little special and a confident, extravagant and modern city car. In the interior there’s a choice of three colour combinations for the fabric seats, dashboard and door centre panel – black/orange with black/grey accent trim parts, black/white interior with white accent trim parts and black/black interior with black/grey accent trim parts.
The smart fortwo prime line is positioned as stylish, timeless and chic with black leather seats that harmonize with the dashboard and door centre panels in black fabric. Grey stitching on the seats and the accent trim parts in black/grey provide subtle contrasts.
Progressive, sporty and trendsetting is the smart fortwo proxy line which offers highlights such as a panoramic roof, Cool & Audio package, Sports package and white/blue seats in leather look and fabric.