The Smart fortwo has been tweaked and primped to include the styling cues that we first saw on the electric fortwo ED at the Frankfurt Motor Show last year.
The new model isn’t due to be unveiled until next month’s Geneva Motor Show - but we can give you the highlights now.
The fortwo gets a new grille with optional LED driving lights and an integrated chrome logo. It also gains ‘muscular’ side skirts (nope, we don’t know either) and a new rear apron. The changes are intended to beef up the fortwo’s cute looks but it all looks a bit awkward to our eyes, especially around the rear wheels.
There are also three new alloy wheel designs; a three-spoke, a twin-three-spoke and the nine-spoke version that comes as standard on the fortwo passion. Seven new colours are now being offered, including matt anthracite for the first time across the range and white on the fortwo BRABUS Xclusive.
You can also order your soft top in six new colours, widening the range to nine in total.
The changes that they’ve made to the interior work much better and comprise a Crystal Grey leather/fabric combo for the seats, imitation leather and fabric for the door trims and imitation leather on the dash. (Not sure that we would have trumpeted the fact that it’s not real leather so loudly though…)
The engines stay the same, so you get the familiar 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrol engine that develops 70bhp, 84bhp or 101bhp depending on the model, or a 54bhp 0.8-litre diesel.
An all-electric fortwo will be released later in the year alongside a petrol hybrid model.
Only three trim levels will be offered in the UK: ‘pulse’, ‘passion’ and ‘Brabus’ and buyers can choose from a coupe or a cabriolet.
Price: The UK price hasn’t been confirmed yet but the price in Europe starts at €10,275 (£8,500).
Available from: The new smart fortwo is available in the UK from April 2012.
The revamped fortwo refreshes the way that it looks but all of the old problems remain, which means that it’s not terribly practical, noisy, and no use at all on motorways. One for the dedicated fan only.
We'd recommend the Toyota iQ instead.