On sale since 2008, the Smart ForTwo is showing its age against newer competition in the form of the 2014 Chevrolet Spark and Scion iQ. New spy shots, from CarPix, of a camouflaged prototype show that Smart is preparing a replacement expected around 2014.
The all-new two-passenger ForTwo is based on a shorter version of the new four-seat ForFour and Renault Twingo chassis, which features a rear-mounted engine and rear-drive. Where an earlier ForTwo prototype featured a modified front end on a Twingo body, the latest prototype has a heavily camouflaged production grille and headlights. Despite the camo, we can tell the headlights are larger and more triangular compared to the current model’s jellybean shaped headlights.
While the ForTwo prototype retains the current model’s wedge shape and upright rear end, it also features the current Twingo’s rear hatch door and taillights. Powertrain details haven’t been revealed, but we expect an update – or replacement – to the current 70-hp 1.0-liter I-3 with 68 lb-ft of torque as well as a much improved (and needed) gearbox in order to be competitive with the more powerful and similarly fuel efficient Chevrolet Spark and Scion iQ. We expect an electric version to follow after the gas powered model arrives.