x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 July 2017

iSpy: Smart ForFour

Set to roll off the assemble line in March 2012, the Smart ForFour answers its predecessor's biggest challenge - the two-passenger limit.

Lehmann Photo-Syndication
Lehmann Photo-Syndication

This strange-looking spy shot is not of a toy car but a 1:4 clay model that could be close to the new Smart that is scheduled to debut in March 2012. The major limitation of the Daimler-owned Smart ForTwo city car has been its inability to carry an extra body or two, but this looks set to be remedied next year. If this model is anything to go on, the four-seater would have rear doors, making access to the tiny rear at least somewhat easier. If this is true, it will make the car a bit more competitive with base-level city cars such as the Chevy Spark, and premium vehicles, like the Audi A1 and the BMW Isetta. Smart's new addition would probably stay as a rear-wheel-drive, keeping the engine below the floor of the boot. The added length for the rear seat comes from an elongated wheelbase.  Although currently unnamed, it is rumoured to keep the ForFour name, although forTwo+2 would be another option. It will be Smart's first four-seater since the failed first-generation ForFour. Rumour has it the car will be available with several engine options, a passive hybrid, and perhaps even a full electric model.