Not long ago, we heard that Daimler and Renault-Nissan were in talks about future collaboration efforts. Now, rumors are beginning to surface surrounding the relaunch of the Smart Roadster, possibly with help from Renault.
“The Fortwo will always be the Smart core, but we’re looking into more products,” a source told British car magazine Autocar.
In December, Renault CEO Patrick Pelata confirmed that the French automaker was teaming up with Daimler to work on small cars, including models from the Smart lineup. Although we knew the two companies were in the process of constructing a redesigned Fortwo and Forfour, this is the first time we heard anything about a resurrected roadster.
Smart offered the subcompact roadster from 2003 to 2006 as both a coupe and a convertible, powered by a 0.7-liter I-3 engine. If Smart were to bring back the roadster, the new car would most likely be based upon Renault architecture, as the automaker specializes in smaller offerings. The collaboration will benefit both firms, as it will create a greater economy of scale for the two.
“The Renault merger could lead to several Smart spin-offs, Renault has small car expertise that we can benefit from,” the source said.
Although the original Smart roadster was never for sale in the United States, we can hope for an expanded Smart lineup here, aside from its announced electric vehicle program. Does the idea of a Smart Roadster excite you? Give us your thoughts in the comments section below.