Smart Launches Limited-Edition Fortwo in Europe, Plans New Roadster and 4x4 Models

Despite all evidence to the contrary, Smart isn’t simply resting on its laurels and allowing the compact Fortwo to sell slowly. The company has released a special-edition model for the European market, and will soon revive the roadster model and launch a new small crossover.

The special-edition car is called the Fortwo Pearlgrey and reaches European dealers this November. The key element of the car’s transformation is graphite silver paint, which covers the plastic body panels, tridion safety cell, wheels, grille, and mirror housings. The interior gets a mix of crystal gray leather and fabric upholstery, while the dashboard is finished in faux black leather with light-gray stitching. The dash and steering wheel additionally wear matte-silver accenting.

While the Pearlgrey model isn’t much more than a visual revamp, Auto Express reports that two brand-new Smart models are in the works. The first is a revival of the Smart Roadster, which was never sold in the U.S. market. It reportedly is inspired by the Smart Forspeed, a wild electric roadster concept that debuted at this year’s Geneva Motor Show. The Forspeed used a rear-mounted electric drivetrain similar to that in the Fortwo Electric Drive. The car’s styling was ambitious to say the least, with a chopped windshield and no roof.

Auto Express also says that Smart is working on a small four-wheel-drive crossover. It will compete with the new Mini Countryman, and is a chunkier five-door hatchback design. That mimics another prior Smart design, the Europe-only Forfour hatchback that went out of production in 2006. Supposedly it will be built on the same platform as the next Mercedes-Benz B-Class -- Smart and Mercedes-Benz are both owned by Daimler AG.

The new Roadster and crossover models are expected to launch in 2012, followed by new versions of the Fortwo and Forfour in 2014.

Sources: Smart, Auto Express

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