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The Smart ForFour has been caught out in the open by our spy photographers, and these latest photos reveal some previously unknown details about the new car.

For first time we can see clearly, in the photo above, that the new Smart ForFour will feature four conventional door handles, as well as a ridged character line down its flanks.

As with its Renault Twingo sibling and its main European competitors the Citroen C1, Peugeot 108, Toyota Aygo and Volkswagen Up!, the new ForFour has pop-out rear windows instead of units which can be wound down into the door frame.

It’s also clear that the new car, in at least some of its trim levels, will sport a colander-like grille similar to the one seen on the Smart Fourjoy concept from late last year.

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Plastic shrouds hide much of the ForFour’s interior details, including the door trims, dashboard, entertainment and satellite navigation system, air conditioning controls and the majority of the central tunnel except for the automatic gear shifter.

With its (presumably) faux metal accents and large piano black buttons, the ForFour’s steering wheel looks considerably more upscale than the one employed in the Renault Twingo.

There’s also a large high-resolution display underneath the instrument binnacle, which is seemingly encircled by a speedometer or tachometer. Off to left, next to the driver’s A-pillar, is an ancillary gauge pod.

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Unlike the original Smart ForFour, which shared a platform with the front-wheel drive Mitsubishi Colt, the new car is a platform mate of new Renault Twingo and upcoming Smart ForTwo.

This means that the new Smart ForFour has a rear-engine, rear-wheel drive layout, and that ForFour will share engine and transmission options with the Twingo and ForTwo.

If reports are correct, the ForFour will be available at launch with a three-cylinder petrol engine in 52kW non-turbocharged and 67kW turbocharged forms. A diesel and hybrid are set to follow later down the track.

Click on the photos tab above to see more spy pics of the upcoming Smart ForFour.




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