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First pics, info: All-new Smart

2006-11-12 10:49

Meet the new Smart ForTwo - due in SA in 2007

You could be forgiven if you mistake the new Smart ForTwo for the original model, as the exterior changes are not that obvious.

But DaimlerChrysler says its new ForTwo baby is a complete new model offering more space and new engines.

It will be officially launched at the 2007 Geneva Motor Show, and SA sales will probably kick off in the third quarter.

Thanks to a longer wheelbase bootspace and interior room is better.

According to DaimlerChrysler the ForTwo's extra 19.5cm centimetre increase in length improves safety as it benefits pedestrians, rear impact protection and especially ride comfort.

However, the main changes to the new Fortwo are largely under the skin.

Its three cylinder has capacity of one litre and delivers 45 kW, 52 kW or 62 kW.

All engines are linked to an automated manual five-speed transmission from Getrag that has also been reengineered.

The petrol versions now have a maximum speed of 145 km/h, which is 10 km/h more than before.

As before the ForTwo is available as two models, a coupe and cabriolet. The drop-top model's electric soft top is now fully automatic and can be infinitely adjusted to any position. This means that the rear part, too, can be opened to the final position and closed again at the touch of a button.

Furthermore the soft top can be opened and closed at any driving speed.

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