A new report with enthusiast site Mercedes-Benz Passion this week suggests that a July 16 unveiling is planned, ahead of September sales launch in the European market.
An Australian debut is set to occur in the first half of 2015, and both here and abroad, the tiny Smart is expected to be given a bigger profile than ever before.
The current ForTwo made its Australian debut in 2008, and the brand’s latest approach to sales appeal includes the launch of an online portal that allows buyers to complete the purchase of a Smart entirely online.
Australian Smart sales topped out at 11 in June, for a year-to-date total of 36.
While those figures are down on 2013 (19 for June, 68 for the year to June’s end), it’s decent business for a nearly eight year-old car that moves in a niche segment.
It’s unclear at this stage if Mercedes-Benz Australia will offer the same online service for the new ForTwo and ForFour, although it could form a part of a larger campaign for the all-new pair.
About the New ForTwo, ForFour
The new models will share their platform with the already revealed 2014 Renault Twingo, although these cars will get their own styling unique to the Smart brand.
The Twingo’s engine options are also expected to be shared with the Smarts, meaning a naturally-aspirated 51kW 1.0 litre three-cylinder petrol engine and a turbocharged 66kW 0.9 litre unit.
The new ForFour is expected to measure around 3505mm long - about 30mm shorter than a Volkswagen Up - while the two-door ForTwo will come in at 2692mm long, matching the current model.
Production of the new Fortwo will remain in France, with the Twingo and the Forfour to be built in Slovenia. Nissan is also believed to be considering a new city-car, built on the same platform.
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.