Almost a decade and a half ago the Smart ForTwo ruled the microcompact segment when it was first introduced back in 1998. Its reign was short-lived however as it was overthrown in 2001 by BMW’s newly reintroduced MINI brand. Fast-forward almost 15 years later and the microcompact segment has gotten a little more crowded with the additions of the Fiat 500, Scion iQ, and possibly more on the way.
In an attempt to separate itself from the rest of the pack, the Smart ForTwo has been redesigned for the 2012 model year. While the majority of styling cues have been altered on the outside of the tiny two-seater the interior saw a little love too. Some of the most noticeable exterior tweaks consist of a larger radiator grille with an integrated Smart logo. Other exterior tweaks include optional available LED daytime running lights, side skirts, and altered front and rear aprons. The skirts and aprons will be painted to match the exterior color of the vehicle. The air inlets under the license plate have been combined into one unit as well. There are three choices of alloy wheels for the 2012 Smart ForTwo, a new nine-spoke wheel, a three-spoke and a three-twin-spoke design.
“The way in which the ForTwo now displays the small logo prominently stands for the brand’s new self-confidence,” said Smart CEO Dr. Annette Winkler.
As for the interior of the Smart ForTwo, new leather and fabric covers the seats, while black imitation leather covers the instrument panel , and imitation leather and fabric trims the doors. The 2012 Smart ForTwo will have five models available: Pure, Pulse, Passion, Brabus, and Brabus Xclusive. Both a coupe and cabrio variant will be available along with six engine variants. These engines will range from an electric powertrain all the way up to the CDI turbo diesel configuration. The 2012 Smart ForTwo will start at $13,528 and escalate as more options are added in with production beginning later this year.
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