Snapped by CarAdvice's spy photographers testing on public roads in Europe, the latest images follow previous test mule spy shots that showed the next-generation city car covered with a patchwork of various body panels.
Based on a shortened version of the platform that will underpin both the larger Smart Forfour and the all-new Renault Twingo – as part of a joint venture between Renault and Smart parent company Daimler – the spied Fortwo presents with a squared-off front end with a grooved bonnet and new headlights with LED daytime running lights.
The profile and rear share more in common with the existing car, though its stubby rear end features new tail-lights and a relocated rear wiper. The prototype continues to ride on 15-inch wheels.
Shared again with the Forfour and Twingo, a range of low-capacity rear-mounted petrol and diesel engines will power the rear wheels of
the Smart Fortwo, with an all-electric option also expected sometime after the launch of the standard cars.
The Smart Fortwo is tipped for a Geneva motor show unveiling in March.
In September, Mercedes-Benz Australia senior manager corporate communications David McCarthy said the next-generation two-seater would lob locally for “quite a bit under” $20,000, and likely below the $18,990 driveaway run-out price of the current 52kW/92Nm 1.0-litre three-cylinder model.
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