When the smart fortwo arrived on our shores years ago, it was the only player in the microcar segment. Today, it’s a different story and the ForTwo is losing buyers to newcomers like the 2013 Chevy Spark and Scion iQ. The folks over at Motor Trend recently snapped the 2014 smart fortwo and the new model can’t come soon enough.
From the outside, the microcar retains its distinct wedge shape, sharply raked windshield, and upright tail end. The headlights appear to have grown a bit and take on a more triangular shape than the jelly bean-esque units featured on the current model. Out back, the tester is sporting split triangular taillights and reverse lights that are situated on the rear hatch. The current ForTwo features dual, vertically mounted taillights.
We expect a complete overhaul of the powertrain range with new gas and diesel engines (and a new gearbox to remedy one of our biggest gripes on the current model). In its present form, Smart sells the ForTwo in the U.S. with a 1.0-liter, three-cylinder engine rated at 70 hp and 68 lb-ft of torque.
Smart will also need to improve on the ForTwo’s 34/38 mpg city/highway fuel economy if it hopes to stay competitive. The Scion iQ, for example, is rated at 36/37 mpg city/highway, offers seating for four, and produces 94 hp and 89 lb-ft from its 1.4-liter four-banger. The Spark also seats four and gets 32/38 city/highway from its 83-hp 1.2-liter I-4 when mated to a five-speed manual. Finally, an all-electric version should follow shortly after the new ForTwo’s launch in 2014.
Head over to Motor Trend to see all the photos.