Mercedes-Benz’s Smart Fortwo has been around since 1998, but we only started selling them in the United States in 2006, at the dawn of the car’s second generation. Mercedes-Benz announced the third generation car for the US market at the New York International Auto Show.
What Is It?
The Mercedes-Benz Smart Fortwo is a rear-drive, two-passenger, high-efficiency car designed for urban commuters. At just 8.8 feet long, it’s one of the smallest cars available in the United States.
What Mercedes-Benz Is Saying
“In the planning phase we were clear that we wanted to retain the rear engine for the new smart, so as to continue to exploit the vehicles’ strengths to the full in the city,” explains Jörg Prigl, head of the product group Compact Cars at Mercedes-Benz. “On this basis, we then developed the new fortwo and forfour together with our partner, Renault.”
“We are proud that we have been able to make the fortwo with the same length of 2.69 meters (8.8 feet) even safer and altogether more grown up,” Markus Riedel, Head of Development at smart, adds. “We even succeeded in reducing the turning circle to 6.95 meters (22.8 feet), setting a new best.”
What’s New for 2016
- New exterior styling
- New smaller 22.8 foot turning circle
- Standard Crosswind Assist
- Optional Forward Collision Warning
- LED daytime running lights
- New McPherson strut front suspension system
- De Dion rear axle modified for greater comfort
- Ultra-high-strength hot-formed steel structure for greater crash performance
When Does It Go On Sale?