Smart’s new 2015 Forfour hatch has been spied testing in prototype form, as the city-car company prepares for the comeback of its ‘big’ model.
Both of the 2015 Forfour and smaller Fortwo models were previewed as concepts at last year’s Frankfurt Motor Show, with a road-ready version rumoured for a Paris Motor Show debut in October this year.
Production of the new Fortwo will remain in France, with the Twingo and the Forfour to be built in Slovenia. Nissan is also rumoured to be considering a new city-car, built on the same platform.
The spy photos reveal a slightly larger Forfour than the old model, confirming previous reports, with a longer bonnet to improve safety in frontal impacts.
New square headlamps are visible (just), and the test car appears to feature a panoramic glass roof.
Aside from the two extra doors, rear styling understandably follows the trend of the new Fortwo, spied during testing five months ago.
The new Smarts retain their rear-engined, rear-wheel-drive configuration, and are able to accommodate petrol, diesel and electric power plants.
The Forfour is currently absent from Australian showrooms, having been retired some eight years ago in 2006.
It’s also been a long time between drinks for the Fortwo, with the current model presently soldiering on until its replacement arrives; chalking up four sales in Australia during February as the current generation enters its seventh year of production.
Whether the Forfour will again join its Fortwo sibling in Australia or not is unclear, but expect the new Forfour to begin appearing in overseas showrooms sometime in 2015.
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