Although the test mule shown here only has three doors, the finished product will have five, boosting practicality and giving Smart’s parent company Mercedes a direct rival to the Audi A1 Sportback. The Twingo will battle it out with more affordable models like the Hyundai i10 and VW up!.
Cutting costs has clearly taken precedence in the decision to develop these new models; not only will the ForFour and Twingo share their underpinnings, the new Smart ForTwo will use a shortened version of the same platform, too.
The upshot is that unlike their predecessors, the new Twingo and ForFour will feature the same rear-engine, rear-wheel-drive layout as the two-seater Smart, with the engine crammed in under the boot floor.
Given the limited size of the engine bay, expect a choice of three-cylinder petrol and diesel engines to be offered on both models, as well as a full-electric version of the ForFour.