2016 Smart Fortwo
2016 Smart Fortwo has matured into a more serious contender in the microcar segment. It hasn’t lost its quirky and funky looks, but the Fortwo now sports improvements where it counts, including revised powertrains, new premium features, and a stronger body structure.
2016 Smart Fortwo Exterior
New 2016 Smart Fortwo will ride on a new and sophisticated suspension, with some components from the previous generation Mercedes-Benz C-Class. An optional sports suspension provides stiffer springs and a lower ride height. Smart has increased the 2016 Fortwo’s dimensions in key areas. Wheelbase, for example, increases from 73.5 to 73.7 inches while overall width jumps to 65.4 inches, which should provide more hip and shoulder space . Perhaps most impressive is the improved turning radius, which shrinks from 28.7 feet to a nice and tidy 22.8 feet. The wheels are still pushed out to the corners and the rear track is still a bit wider than the front. Additionally, the cell’s structure that runs along the C-pillar is now thicker. The automaker also says the Fortwo went through the same safety development program as the new C-Class. Safety upgrades continue with new advanced technology, including a driver knee bag. A forward collision warning system and Lane Keeping Assist are optional.
2016 Smart Fortwo Interior
For Interior, 2016 Smart Fortwo boasts improved design and features. The dashboard, for example, is highlighted by a number of infotainment options including smartphone integration, navigation, a touchscreen, and a premium JBL sound system. The dashboard and door panels are available with a mesh-like fabric, and the three-spoke steering wheel can be optioned with multimedia buttons. Taking a page from recent Benz models like the C- and S-Class, the Fortwo features instrument and infotainment panels that appear to float in front of the dashboard. Oversized round air vents and bright color schemes, and ensure that the Fortwo maintains its funky look.
2016 Smart Fortwo Engine
2016 Smart Fortwo will launch in Europe with two engines, with a third coming at a later date. The first is a 1.0-liter inline-three rated 71 hp and 67 lb-ft of torque. Also offered will be a new 0.9-liter turbocharged I-3 that makes 90 hp and 100 lb-ft. The third engine will make 60 hp. While not announced yet, an all-electric powertrain should also be in the works.
2016 Smart Fortwo Release date and Price
2016 Smart Fortwo goes on sale in Europe this November. U.S. customers will have to wait almost a year for the new car to arrive in showrooms. The company says the Euro-spec Fortwo will start at just under $15,000, which is right in line with the base price of 2014 Smart Fortwo coupe $14,000.
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