Smart Fortwo Facelifted with New Fascia, Interior

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The diminutive Smart Fortwo is being facelifted for the European market, with the new model set to on sale in the U.S. in May. Aside from visual changes, the Fortwo continues on without any mechanical changes.

The transformation begins with a new front larger grille, and Smart's logo is now centered in the grille rather than above it. At the bottom of the front fascia, the car's three air intakes have been combined into one opening, and both the side skirts and rear lip have been restyled. There also are new wheel designs, in nine-, three-, and six-spoke variations.

Updates for the car's compact cabin comprise new trim options, like leather covering for dashboard, as well as a unique blend of crystal gray and black leather for the seats and door panels. Depending on which trim level of the Fortwo is selected, the mirror housings may be black or color-matched to the Fortwo's safety frame. All the aforementioned updates apply to every version of the Smart -- from the thrifty electric Fortwo to the sporty Brabus variants.

Since 1998, Smart has sold 1.3 million copies of the Fortwo worldwide; last year the company sold 2652 examples of city car in the U.S. market, and 101,996 copies globally.

Source: Smart

Sideways the Seven
This car needs more than a facelift. It needs a through revamp and much more power if the mileage is going to be underpar for the segment.

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