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.