City-car specialist Smart will debut a pair of new concepts at next month's Frankfurt Motor Show, the Daimler-owned carmaker has confirmed.
The showcars won't be yet another blue-sky styling exercise, like the recent Forstars, but rather a preview of two new production models.
As for what those new models will be, if you'd guessed Fortwo and Forfour, you're on the money. The current second-generation Fortwo is now into its sixth year of production, and the last Forfour was retired in 2006.
However, spy photos have revealed that new versions of both are now well into testing, and a production debut won't be far away.
The new concepts will offer a pre-production preview of what's to come, although we can likely expect the usual showcar flair, including large wheels, extravagant lighting design and a futuristic interior.
And, while the crinkle-cut doors are unlikely to carry over, we might expect the 2011 Forvision concept to offer a few hints at what we'll see in Frankfurt.
Reports earlier this year suggest the new Fortwo will grow in size, a change driven largely by the need for frontal impact protection requirements.
Interior space is also likely to improve, continuing the evolution of the model between the first (1998-2007) and current second-generations.
Despte this growth, the fortwo replacement is expected to maintain its unconventional rear-engined rear driven layout, enabling engineers to extract the maximum safety gain from the extended nose.
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.
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