Smart ForTwo spied testing

24 Jul, 2013 2:16pm Paul Bond

We capture prototypes of the new Smart ForTwo and Renault Twingo during an American testing run

The new 2014 Smart ForTwo city car is taking shape - and although we have seen pictures of the car in disguise as a current Renault Twingo before - these latest shots reveal the front styling of the miniature Mercedes for the very first time.

Due to go on sale by spring 2014 with a global debut at the start of the year, these early prototypes show just how closely the production ForTwo will stick to the ultra-modern design language previewed on the ForStars and ForUs concepts from last year.

Smart reviews

You can clearly see the perforated grille and large square headlights on these US test mules, and the shape of the bumper mirrors the large air-intakes and chunky styling of the three previous concepts. At the back this car has the same boot lid and rear lights as the Renault Twingo as the new car is being co-developed by the Renault-Nissan and Daimler.

The platform for the new car is modular in size so both the new ForTwo and ForFour will share the same chassis platform, but in the UK Renault will only offer the longer five-door version of the the Twingo so as not to compete directly with the ForTwo in the city car segement.

Look closely and you can also spot air-vents behind the rear wheels, confirming the new Smart will have an engine mounted in the rear which is likely to be a three-cylinder petrol unit with around 89bhp driving the rear wheels.

A pure electric version will also be offered which should improve upon the current Smart ForTwo ED's 90-mile electric driving range and seven-hour charge time from a standard household plug socket.

Mercedes will not reveal at this stage when the new Smart range will be unveiled but sources close to the brand suggest that it could be at a separate event ahead of the Geneva motor show.