Smart's next-generation Fortwo city car has been spied testing in its final production form at last, ahead of a debut likely to occur in the first half of 2014.
It is clear from these images that styling for the new hatch is inspired by Smart's more recent concepts, including the 2011 Forvision show car.
Don't expect to see the Forvision's crinkle-cut door design appear on the production model, but that upright face, broad grille and large headlight design is likely to carry over.
Expect the new Fortwo to retain its rear-engined rear-wheel-drive layout, with petrol and electric powertrains to feature - depending on the market.
The sole combustion engine is set to be a 900cc petrol unit, replacing the current model’s 799cc turbodiesel and 999cc petrol options.
A third-iteration of smart’s ‘electric drive’ pure-electric drivetrain is also expected, with a 65kW Bosch electric motor and lithium-ion battery unit.
The new Twingo is expected to be the first model to launch on the new platform, early in 2014, but the Fortwo won't be far behind.
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