Daimler’s small city-car brand Smart has released a teaser video of its next-generation compacts, ahead of an unveiling set to occur later this year.
The video, shot during winter testing in Sweden, features chief engineer Markus Riedel offering a rundown on both the new ForTwo and the larger ForFour.
The new ForTwo will replace the seven year-old second-generation model, while the coming ForFour will mark the return of a badge last seen in showrooms in 2006.
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.
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