Mercedes’ recent tie-up with Renault is set to lead to the return of the Smart Roadster, along with further expansion of the brand.
A Smart source told Autocar that a new Roadster was just one of several future Smarts being discussed, as Mercedes plans to expand its city car brand by offering more models and greater economies of scale after gaining access to Renault’s small car platforms.
“A new Roadster is one being discussed,” said our source. “The Renault merger could lead to several Smart spin-offs; Renault has small car expertise that we can benefit from.”
Our source said Smart hasn’t ruled out producing a larger model in the vein of the Mini Countryman, moving away from its city car roots.
“The Fortwo will always be the Smart core, but we’re looking into more products,” they said.
At the time of the tie-up, Autocar uncovered plans for to Smart to launch a new Fortwo in 2012 using a rear-drive/rear-engine platform that will be lengthened for the Smart Forfour in 2014. The firm will also show a new electric scooter concept at the Paris motor show in September.