Exterior and interior styling changes for Smart range, plus performance and economy boosts
1 October 2010

Smart has unveiled tweaked ForTwo coupe and cabriolet models at the Paris motor show.

There have been some subtle optional styling changes, a revised interior and more economical petrol engines as part of a mid-life refreshing for the second-generation city car.

See the official pics of the new Smart range - plus pics from the Paris motor show of the Brabus edition

The changes were initially unveiled in July and are prior to the arrival of an all-new successor on a heavily reworked rear-engined/rear-wheel drive platform presently being developed in co-operation with Renault in 2013.

Due to go on sale in the UK soon, the facelifted ForTwo is differentiated from the existing model on sale here since 2006 by optional Brabus style day time running lights and the choice of three new 15-inch alloy wheels.

At the same time, Smart has also added a new light green matt finish to the list of seven exterior colour choices for the new two seater.

Buyers can now also specify the Fortwo with a white steel safety cell with matching grille and door mirror surrounds. Previously they were restricted to silver or black.

Inside, the ForTwo receives a new instruments and redesigned dashboard capable of housing a 16.5 inch colour monitor for the optional communication and entertainment systems.

Also available are optional USB and auxiliary ports, an interface for the Apple iPod and a surround sound system with eight 40 watt speakers.

As part of a push to lift the perceived quality, Smart is now also offering the ForTwo with a new optional steering wheel, redesigned centre armrest and LED interior lighting.

On the engine front, the existing Mitsubishi sourced 1.0-litre three-cylinder direct injection petrol engine has been upgraded with new software in a move that lowers its average consumption in 60bhp and 70bhp versions to 57.7mpg on the combined European cycle – a figure corresponding to 97g/km of CO2 emissions.

The power output of the top-of-the-line Brabus version’s 1.0-litre petrol engine has also been increased incrementally from 98bhp to 101bhp.

Greg Kable

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6 July 2010

Have they fixed the gearbox? Laughably bad, until it gives you whiplash :(

6 July 2010

I like Smarts but the price is too high, whenever I've thought of one, a nearly new supermini makes much more sense.

6 July 2010

[quote theonlydt]

Have they fixed the gearbox? Laughably bad, until it gives you whiplash :(

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Quite true...although whiplash might be just too far ;)

With the previous-gen model there was a slight 'remedy' that one can do to make it shift quicker; don't know if this applies to the new one too.

However, I'd still rather take this than the Toyota iQ. The Smart has that bit more charm, and the iQ is still a 2 seater (don't know who fits in the 2 rear seats...tbh I couldn't get exactly comfortable in the driver's seat either!)

 

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6 July 2010

The transmission in the latest Smarts is much improved, though not perfect unless you use the paddle shift, in which case changing gear is seamless. MPG is disappointing for such a light car; suggested use of its engine in Murray's T25 might account for that car's predicted mpg.

The Smart offers tremendous benefits for inner city journeys; those plastic interchangeable body panels being just one, but owners of Smarts will get a shock when Murray's T25 appears, able to squeeze through gaps the Smart can't, and carry three people.

The iQ is an interesting small car but far too heavy and wide for what it is designed to do.

6 July 2010

There will always be a comparison of the smart to the iQ. The smart is actually better equipped than the iQ in most cases. And I agree, the mpg for the petrol engine is disappointed for such a small light car. my 08 model got low to mid 40's. My mini cooper gets roughly the same! My diesel though was brilliant. worst was 55mpg, best was 85, and it averaged in town only about 65-68 :D

As for the update itself, hardly much has changed, but the top dash does look better made than previous.

6 July 2010

The designer and the father of Smart project Nicolas Hyek died on Mondey, great man and visionary!

6 July 2010

It is odd - why do the Smart, the IQ and the T25 all massively undeliver when it comes to fuel consumption and CO2? If you can make a 1.0 supermini with roughly 100g/km and 60mpg, it is not unreasonable to expect cars that are a whole size and a half smaller to be delivering something closer to 60-70g/km and 80-90mpg. Is there some fundamental engineering problem that designers are having trouble overcoming, or have the designers of these cars just got it wrong somehow?

6 July 2010

[quote RobotBoogie]It is odd - why do the Smart, the IQ and the T25 all massively undeliver when it comes to fuel consumption and CO2? If you can make a 1.0 supermini with roughly 100g/km and 60mpg, it is not unreasonable to expect cars that are a whole size and a half smaller to be delivering something closer to 60-70g/km and 80-90mpg. Is there some fundamental engineering problem that designers are having trouble overcoming, or have the designers of these cars just got it wrong somehow?
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Aerodynamics. The Smart, IQ and T25 are all about as aerodynamic as a Yorkshire barn.

6 July 2010

[quote Christian Galea]Quite true...although whiplash might be just too far ;)[/quote] I've had whiplash three times. One of them was after driving an original smart and I hadn't yet got the hang of just how much to lift off when you think it's going to change, then how much to reapply as it changes. Still jerky as hell on the original though. I couldn't believe it when the next day I couldn't move my head, went to the doctor and was informed I had whiplash - had I had a crash recently? Nope, I drove a smart...

6 July 2010

Yep lack of efficient aero is why Smart/IQ and T25 have disappointing MPG figures. The frontal area is larger than a normal car because of the height and being shot n stubby too doesn't help. That's why rifle bullets are longer than a pistols and therefore go further. Less drag.

The VW 1L concept was lower and longer, so could hit the magic 1km per litre.

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