SPIED: Smart ForTwo - for four?
SPOTTED IN ACTION: Smart's next generation ForTwo has a radical design over the new model and will sport a four-seater variant.
Smart is planning the release of its next generation ForTwo city car. Our spies captured images of a concept version being transported inside a factory in Germany.
The new model will also form the base for a stretched version called the Smart ForTwo+2.
The Smart ForTwo+2 will have rear doors, making access into the tiny rear somewhat easier. An additional model would make the Smart range a bit more competitive with city cars such as the Chevrolet Spark and Kia Picanto.
HYBRID AND ELECTRIC POWER
Both new Smart cars will remain rear-wheel drive, keeping the engine below the floor of the boot. The added length for the back seat in the four-seater will come from an elongated wheelbase.
Although currently unnamed, it is rumoured to retain the ForTwo+2 moniker. The new model will be Smart's first four-seater since the failed Smart ForTour.
The new cars will be available with several engine options, including a hybrid and perhaps even a full electric motor.