Mercedes-Benz has revealed a heavily revised version of the Smart Fortwo ED boasting greater performance and additional range among other refinements to the compact rear-wheel drive plug-in electric car.
Planned to make its world premiere at next month’s Frankfurt motor show, the so-called phase three Fortwo ED receives a completely new driveline consisting of a more powerful brushless electric motor supplied by Bosch and a higher capacity lithium ion battery.
Peak power increases by 33bhp over the phase two Fortwo ED from 40bhp to 73bhp, with nominal power up by 20bhp from 27bhp to 47bhp. Torque has also risen by 7lb ft to 96lb ft. The increase in reserves cuts the new car’s 0-37mph (60km/h) time by 1.5sec to a claimed 5.0sec. The 0-62mph(100km/h) time has also been reduced to under 13.0sec, while top speed increases from 62mph to 75mph.
The new electric motor draws energy from a new lithium ion battery up in capacity from the previous 14kWh Telsa produced unit to 17.6kWh. The new battery is produced by German-based Deutsche Accumotive, a joint venture between Mercedes-Benz parent company Daimler and German alternative energy specialist Evonik.