Smart ForTwo spied

27 Sep, 2013 5:34pm Jonathan Burn

The next-generation Smart ForTwo microcar has been spied testing in France

The new Smart ForTwo is getting nearer, and these latest prototypes are wearing the production car's body, rather than the chopped together Twingo shell that other mules have been sporting. All signs point to a debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March, with the ForTwo pencilled in for an on-sale date during spring 2014.

Aside from the dinky proportions, this prototype reveals a few of the ForTwo's styling secrets beneath its psychedelic viny wrap. The bug-eye headlights and squared off front end, for instance, have both been lifted from Smart's recent concepts like the ForStars and ForUs. 

The platform and engines underpinning the new ForTwo have been developed with Renault, and a longer versions of this chassis will not only be used underneath the next ForFour but it'll also be used in the next-generation Twingo. All cars on this platform will be rear-engined and rear-wheel drive.

It will be available with a range of powertrains, the most popular of which is likely to be a three-cylinder 89bhp petrol engine. A pure electric version of the ForTwo is also likely, and it'll be hoping to improve on the current electric ForTwo's 90-mile range.

First off the production line will be a hard-top version in spring 2014, which will be shortly followed by a canvas-roofed cabrio later in the year. Prices are expected to start at around £10,000.