The Smart ForTwo is set to undergo a mild facelift, as these spy images from Germany indicate
23 January 2012

This camouflaged Smart prototype spied in southern Germany shows off the next facelift for the Smart ForTwo city car.

The Smart ForTwo was introduced in late 2006 and underwent a small revamp in 2010, gaining LED daytime running lights and new body colours.

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This new version is testing in readiness for a planned launch at the tail-end of this year. A package of mild tweaks will include a new front bumper and grille design.

The Smart logo has moved from the bonnet to the middle of the grille, as seen on the Smart ForTwo electric drive revealed late last year.

Smart is still working on an all-new ForTwo design for 2013-2014, already teased as a curvy concept at the 2011 Frankfurt show and developed in a new direction by a pick-up concept seen at Detroit earlier this month.

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23 January 2012

Wow, this article is worth the effort.....

23 January 2012

Howey, minor changes indeed, but would you rather not be told or shown them? If the car turned up and you saw one on the road, would you not think it strange that the minor update had not been in the specialist press? I'm happy to see them and make my own mind up.

23 January 2012

[quote Mario B]Howey, minor changes indeed, but would you rather not be told or shown them? If the car turned up and you saw one on the road, would you not think it strange that the minor update had not been in the specialist press?[/quote]

I agree. As a petrolhead, I love knowing all the small updates that manufacturers make on their cars.

23 January 2012

Me too. Are the grills on the rear wings different?

23 January 2012

Yeah I think so. I do know that they added a "sporty" body kit to the pulse model over the passion. I don't think it had the grills at the back, just a restyled bumper.

I like it, not a fan of the badge being moved, but I can see why they are doing it. Should keep it ticking over until the new one arrives

23 January 2012

I'll wait until the radical 2013 design appears. Till then I'm lovin' my Smart.

23 January 2012

Brochure scans already circulating, confirming the new look is the same as this electric smart that smart themselves released pictures of! Very few interior changes, pale grey leather is a new option, matt grey exterior paint, different alloys etc. http://www.automobilesreview.com/uploads/2011/08/2012-Smart-ForTwo-Elect...

23 January 2012

[quote Los Angeles]I'll wait until the radical 2013 design appears.[/quote]

That will be a huge designers chalange!

How can you make something radical which is radical from its inception?!

23 January 2012

[quote Los Angeles]

I'll wait until the radical 2013 design appears. Till then I'm lovin' my Smart.

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Hey, troll-control buddy! How's the Smart?

23 January 2012

[quote Fidji]Hey, troll-control buddy![/quote]Troll Buster? (Chortle) I'm always up for that one.

(Apropos nothing: What's the definition of yoghurt? Cheese that can't be trouble to bother.)

[quote Fidji]How's the Smart[/quote]Well ... spent an enjoyable ten minutes this afternoon singing the Smart's praises to a couple with lots of questions keen to sell their old Polo for one. I recommended a model under the Brabus - the husband was observant enough to spot the low-profile tyres and expensive alloys as pogo stick problematic on crap tarmac.

The last time I put in 97 octane (£35) was mid-November and, removing two weeks spent in Spain, it's been used every day for city journeys and is still not empty! Tomorrow it has to collect a six foot plank from the lumberyard, collect six bags of potting earth from the garden centre for a large planter, deliver a document to the Spanish Embassy, and nip across the city to the DVLA to iscuss registering an American car here. Tireless little bigger - eh?

Finally got the hang of changing gears with the paddles - lift foot off the gas ever-so-slightly as you change, result: no slur in gear shift.

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