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(from DaimlerChrysler Press Release)
At a glance: The new smart fortwo - even more smart fortwo
Stuttgart, Nov 09, 2006
To get straight to the point: the new smart fortwo can do
everything that the current model can do - but even better. This
means that the new smart fortwo is even more comfortable, even more
agile, even safer and even more ecological than its predecessor.
The changed running gear and the slightly larger body make the smart
fortwo even more comfortable. The active and passive safety have
been further improved. The new drive engineering provides for even
more agility and driving fun and also makes the new smart fortwo
even more ecological.
The design has been skilfully further developed and gives the new
smart fortwo a fresh, more masculine appearance. And yet it retains
its unmistakable character: you can always tell a smart fortwo at
first sight - by its striking tridion safety cell that is also one
of the main safety features, and by the innovative plastic
bodypanels that are extremely practical into the bargain.
Engines: powerful, clean, economical
The smart fortwo will be launched in April 2007 with reengineered
uprated petrol engines. The three cylinder engine has capacity of
one litre and delivers 45 kW, 52 kW or 62 kW (61 bhp, 71 bhp or 84
bhp). The engine power of the smart fortwo cdi has increased by ten
percent and now stands at 33 kW (45 bhp).
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 - 10 km/h more than
the predecessor model.
Still smart inside and out
The dimensions have increased as against the first generation. The
19.5 centimetre increase in length benefits pedestrians, rear impact
protection and especially ride comfort.
The luggage compartment can hold 220 litres 70 litres more than
before and when loaded to the roof there is space for up to 340
litres (a further 80 litres). The new smart fortwo also features the
familiar twin-section tailgate. The lower section can be used as a
little platform and facilitates loading and unloading.
Like the exterior, it goes without saying that the interior of the
smart fortwo remains truly smart. Typical smart characteristics
include the external-mounted air vents and additional dials, the
large, fabric-covered areas on doors and instrument panel, the
safety seats with integral seat belts and last but not least the
ignition lock behind the shift lever.
The observer immediately notices that the instrument panel is no
longer curved in an S-shape towards the passenger side but is now
straight. This is partly to comply with US crash regulations.
Nevertheless and perhaps because of this the new smart fortwo
offers a unique feeling of spaciousness.
Safety at the highest level
The high level of passive safety has been further improved. Internal
crash tests have shown that the smart fortwo will be at the level of
four EuroNCAP stars.
And thats not all: as the new smart fortwo will be sold in the USA
from 2008 it also complies with the strict American crash
Likewise, new regulations concerning pedestrian protection have been
implemented in the front section. Furthermore, new head/thorax side
airbags offering extensive protection in the event of a side crash
are available as an option.
Exceedingly low consumption
The outstanding economy of the smart fortwo is underlined by further
optimisations. Despite the greater engine power, the petrol versions
consume less than five litres of fuel over 100 km.
The smart fortwo with a starter generator that will be available
from the end of 2007 and will be based on the 52 kW petrol version,
promises further savings of up to 13 percent in city traffic.
This has particular advantages when driving in urban areas and
frequent stop-and-go traffic: the three-cylinder engine
automatically switches off when the car stops at traffic lights, for
example. It starts again as soon as the driver presses the
The new smart fortwo cdi consumes even less fuel. The diesel engine
in the predecessor model already had the lowest consumption of its
class and the new smart fortwo also achieves "three litre" status
(corresponds to consumption of less than 3.5 litres/100 km under
standard conditions) with emissions of just 90 grams of carbon
dioxide per kilometre.
Alternative drives are also possible and the new smart fortwo has
been designed to allow for quick implementation of natural gas or
electric drive concepts as soon as there is a demand for these new
drive systems and they become economically viable.
smart fortwo cabrio with an electric soft top
The smart fortwo cabrio's electric soft top is a further example of
the enhanced comfort. It 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.
Unique: the smart fortwo doesn't have to be stationary for this
the soft top can be opened and closed at any driving speed.
Furthermore, the roof bars can be removed and stowed in a special
compartment in the tailgate. The soft top offers further added
comfort and safety with the heated rear window made of glass.
Equipment variants pure, pulse and passion, BRABUS variant
The equipment lines continue to go by the names of pure, pulse and
passion. Whereas the basic pure version has a plastic roof, the
pulse and passion feature a transparent, high-strength panoramic
roof made of polycarbonate. Fans of the BRABUS variant also have
something to look forward to: the introduction of an uprated BRABUS
variant is planned for autumn 2007.
Extensive range of standard equipment and options
The most important standard features include the tridion safety
cell, front airbags, seat belts with belt tensioners and belt-force
limiters and safety seats with integral seat belts. Further features
that are unique in the standard spec of vehicles in this class
include esp, abs and an integrated brake assist.
Further excerpts from the long list of standard equipment: H7
headlights featuring projection technology, central locking with
radio remote control, folding driver and passenger seat backrests
that can be adjusted with a notch lever, an exterior temperature
indicator, comfort windscreen wipers with speed-sensitive interval
wiping and indicators with lanechanger function.
The smart fortwo can be individualised and tailored to customer
requirements with a wide range of extras. These include head/thorax
side airbags, air conditioning (standard for passion), electric
power steering, heated seats, alloy wheels (standard for pulse and
passion), leather seats, Isofix child seat fastener, a high quality
audio system with a CD changer for 6 CDs and a sound system
featuring a subwoofer and an MP3 interface.
Furthermore, a portable navigation system that can be integrated in
the car is available. Voice instructions are given via the
loudspeakers of the stereo system. Further options that are often
only found in high-end cars include a light and rain sensor and
electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors.
Hambach: exemplary modular production and protection of the
The smart fortwo is produced in the French town of Hambach. System
partners on site deliver pre-assembled modules straight to the
production line. The production process has been optimised and the
production time reduced from 9.5 hours to 8 hours. The whole final
assembly, which only took 4.5 hours for the predecessor model, now
takes just 3.5 hours.
Great importance is given to protection of the environment in
Hambach. Only water-soluble, solvent-free base coats are used for
the smart fortwo's plastic bodypanels.
The tridion safety cell is powder coated and no solvents are needed
here, either. The solid colour bodypanels in the colours black,
white and yellow are fully recyclable.
Same price level as the previous model
The basic price for the new smart fortwo will stay at the level of
the predecessor model. The diesel variant, too, will remain an
inexpensive "three litre" car that will continue the great success
of its predecessor. Likewise, the new smart fortwo cabrio will
continue to be by far the cheapest production cabriolet available