A whole new family of six smart versions in the space of a few weeks. With the 45 kW entry-level variants of the smart fortwo and smart forfour and the 66 kW top-of-the-range engine version also on board the forfour, in future there will be a choice of six different smart versions. The new smart models will be available for ordering from 17 November with prices beginning at €10,335 – five days before the very first smarts of the new generation make their way to customers on 22 November. Delivery of the three new smart models will begin in January 2015.
Even in the entry-level version the smart fortwo and smart forfour come with a comprehensive scope of safety and comfort equipment. This includes LED daytime driving lights, central locking with radio remote control, visual locking-verification signal and immobiliser, cruise control with limiter (variable speed limitation), exterior temperature indicator with frost warning, instrument cluster with monochrome LCD display and trip computer, and electric windows at the front. And the basic scope of equipment for the new smart models already includes the Direct-Steer system with variable ratio and electric power assistance. All of the new generation smarts additionally comply with the Euro 6 emissions standard.
Practical equipment combinations: the packages
passion, prime and proxy are the names of the three lines which serve to upgrade the smart fortwo and smart forfour and provide for differentiation, particularly in the interior. Their features include a leather multifunction steering wheel, an instrument cluster with 3.5-inch TFT colour display and heated seats.
smart has combined various comfort and safety features in five practical packages:
Building on the lines, the Sports package (€5751) underscores the car’s dynamism on both a technical and visual level. Lowering the vehicle by 10 millimetres lowers the centre of gravity for even better roadholding. The Sports package is a standard feature of the proxy line and is available as an option for passion and prime.
The LED & Sensor package (€5101) comprises headlamps with welcome function and daytime driving lights featuring LED fibre-optic technology, LED tail lamps and front fog lamps. The rain and light sensor combines comfort and safety, activating the windscreen wipers and headlamps as necessary. Standard in conjunction with passion, prime and proxy.
With the Comfort package (€2701) every driver can find the perfect seating position. The driver’s seat and steering column are height-adjustable, the door mirrors are electrically adjustable.
The Cool & Audio package (€11001) provides a perfect temperature at all times, great sound, telephony and navigation. The automatic climate control includes an integral combined filter which almost completely eliminates pollen and fine dust. The audio system comprises Bluetooth telephony and navigation, the latter in combination with a smartphone and the separately available free smart cross connect app. The Cool & Audio package features as standard for the proxy.
The Cool & Media package with automatic climate control and combined filter guarantees a cool head in clean air free of pollen. The smart media system comes up trumps with the 17.8 cm (7-inch) multi-touch display which supports swiping gestures and the quick navigation including traffic information. This package is available in conjunction with passion, prime (€1700) and proxy (€6701).
Further upgrade options: optional equipment
In addition to the equipment lines and the packages, numerous optional equipment features are available for the new smart generation. A highlight is the JBL Soundsystem (€545/595), which produces an impressively full sound. The JBL Soundsystem incorporates a 6-channel DSP amplifier (240 watt) in the fortwo and an 8-channel DSP amplifier (320 watt) on board the forfour. A total of eight (fortwo) or twelve (for four) high-performance loudspeakers provide for outstanding sound quality: one wideband centre loudspeaker, two tweeters in the mirror triangle, two lower mid-range speakers in the doors (on the for four additionally in the rear doors), two wideband rear-fill loudspeakers and a removable woofer on the left-hand side of the luggage compartment.
Optional equipment such as heated seats for driver and front passenger (€2601), automatic climate control (€9251), dashboard instrument with cockpit clock and rev counter (€1501), rear parking aid with audible warning (€3001) and reversing camera (€3451) offer further scope for individualisation.
As a further option “readyspace” seats (€250) are available for the forfour. These reversible cushions for the rear seats can be turned around and lowered substantially in next to no time to produce 12 cm more loading height inside, which is very simple to make use of thanks to the rear doors which open to an angle of almost 90 degrees. A large electric fabric folding top (€990) is a further option available for the smart for four.
The success story – an idea wins through
smart is now represented in 46 markets worldwide with the brand most recently introduced in Russia. Alongside Germany, China is one of smart’s main markets. At the beginning of 2014 the smart fortwo won the title of “Microcar of the Year” there for the fifth time in succession. Today, five years after the market launch, the country is the second most successful market for smart, after Germany. Since the market launch in 1998 around 1.6 million smart fortwos have been produced and delivered to customers worldwide.
Almost 800,000 people followed the motto “FOR a new urban joy” at the smart roadshow and attended one of the events featuring the new vehicles and local artists in 11 major European cities.