In 1998 we were introduced to a rather “smart” city car that aimed to maximise interior space whilst being one of the smallest production cars on the road. The original Smart ForTwo proved popular in its infancy with its ability to park nose first into parallel spaces appealing to those in crowded environments. However, from that point the car failed to meet targets and its bigger brother, the ForFour, so much so that it was axed after just two years. Today Smart are back and determined to make a success of their compact cars as they launch the All-New Smart.
Kick things off with the baby of the range, the all-new Smart ForTwo is a uniquely styled package which we have to admit is rather good looking. The funky two door city car retains its rear engine and rear wheel drive. Its cabin has been kept minimalist but also injects an almost concept car aesthetic. Although a small space, just like the first ForTwo the interior has been made to feel airy. This Smart ForTwo is actually no bigger than the original!
The all-new Smart ForFour again has rear wheel drive and is rear engined. It is clear to see its similarities in proportions with the new Renault Twingo which it was co-developed with. Whilst not quite as visually pleasing at the ForTwo, this ForFour delivers more practicality seating five in a body that is longer than the original.
There will be three petrol engines on offer outputting 59BHP, 70BHP and a turbocharged unit with 89BHP.