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New Smart includes four-seater

All-new Smart ForTwo and (maybe) ForFour coming to North America next year

Published: July 16, 2014, 9:00 PM
Updated: April 29, 2018, 2:34 PM

2016 Smart ForTwo and ForFour

Mercedes-Benz took the wraps off an all-new Smart today and added a four-passenger ForFour model to the existing ForTwo two-seater.

The new models will go on sale in Europe in November but won't arrive in North America until late next year. At this point it's uncertain whether the ForFour will make that crossing.

A ForFour was offered in Europe from 2004 to 2006 but was withdrawn when sales failed to meet anticipated levels.

Sales of the current model in Canada have declined precipitously over the past couple years and they're also on the wane globally.

The first-generation Smart was introduced here, initially with a diesel engine, to considerable success. It was not sold in the U.S. but the second-generation variant, with a gasoline engine, has also been sold in that market.

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The new models maintain their rear-engine architecture but it's now shared with Renault – the Twingo – rather than Mitsubishi.

Two engine choices will be offered, at least in Europe – a 71-horsepower 1.0-litre and a 90-horsepower 900-cc – both three-cylinders. There will also be two transmiision choices – a five-speed manual or a six-speed dual-clutch automatic.

In appearance, the new ForTwo continues to look very much like the current Smart. It remains about the same in size, while the ForFour's wheelbase is extended by 621 mm and its overall length by 800 mm.

The four-seater's rear seatbacks fold down and a full liftgate opens to expose 975 litres of cargo space.

Standard safety equipment on both models includes the Crosswind Assist system pioneered on Mercedes-Benz's conventional models.

The new Smarts will be built at the existing Smart factory in Hambach, France.