The debut of the new 2015 Smart ForTwo is just around the corner, and a new teaser video gives us the best idea yet of the shape of the ForTwo, along with its four-door ForFour big brother. Overall, the new car has the same basic profile as the Smart ForTwo has always had, but it does feature slightly different proportions more like that of a typical small hatchback.
That’s no surprise, as the new Smart was developed in conjunction with the Renault Twingo, a more conventional-looking hatchback that debuted at this year's Geneva auto show. But just because it looks more conventional doesn’t mean it is: both of these tiny cars are rear-engine, rear-wheel-drive, three-cylinder-powered city cars with itty-bitty proportions; expect a length of approximately 106 inches for the ForTwo. The Smart should offer different styling than the Renault, though, and is also expected to have an all-electric version to complement the expected gasoline and diesel powertrains. The Smart ForFour will be a stretched version of the ForTwo with four doors, but also shares its platform with the Renault, unlike the previous ForFour which was a separate model altogether.
The silhouettes in this video show that both Smart models will retain the unique rear side treatment meant to emphasize the car’s so-called tridion safety cell. The Smart ForTwo will be significantly shorter than the Renault Twingo, whereas the ForFour will be similar in size to its French cousin. We hear that only the smaller ForTwo will make its way to the U.S. market, though, as Smart anticipated weak sales for the larger ForFour on our shores.
The 2015 Smart ForTwo will likely make its debut at the 2014 Paris auto show in September, with the ForFour to follow a few months later. Stay tuned for more news about the upcoming Smart over the next few months.