ForTwo to head new Smart family

25 Dec, 2012 10:00am Luke Madden

Exclusive images show how the ForTwo, ForFour and new SUV will look

The next-generation Smart family is shaping up – and as well as the ForTwo and ForFour, the Mercedes-owned brand is planning a small SUV.

The ForTwo and ForFour were being co-developed with Renault, but now the French brand will only produce its own version of the larger car, which will be badged as the next-generation Twingo.

Smart has ploughed ahead with development of the ForTwo, though, and the car is due to arrive early in 2014. Our images show it’ll be inspired by the all-electric Smart Forvision concept, and get oversized headlights and a perforated grille. The tiny ForTwo’s contrasting Tridion Safety cell remains an iconic feature.

The fully redesigned interior comes with a removable tablet style-screen – just like in the VW up! – which can function as a sat-nav or trip computer.

Power is expected to come from a 64bhp 900cc petrol two-cylinder engine mounted at the rear, while an 87bhp all-electric version will arrive at the end of 2014. The ForTwo cabriolet will make a return, too. At around the same time, Smart will introduce the ForFour, which will be very slightly shorter than the new Twingo.

The company plans to use three-cylinder petrol turbos jointly developed with Renault in the ForFour, producing either 84bhp or 104bhp. Both brands’ cars will also be rear-engined.

Late in 2015, Smart will unveil a new off-roader using parts from the Renault-Nissan alliance – specifically the next-generation Juke. The as-yet-unnamed crossover will be inspired by the Forstars concept that debuted at this year’s Detroit Motor Show and powered by a range of four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines with up to 148bhp.