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Two-seat city car will be given a bold new face as the brand embraces its electric-only future.

A sketch previewing the updated electric-only Smart ForTwo has been unveiled ahead of the car’s debut at 2019 Frankfurt motor show, which kicks off in the middle of September.

To mark the transition to an all-electric lineup the Smart ForTwo and ForFour models will be given a facelift.

While the sketch indicates the updated ForTwo will have a wider body and more aggressive stance, spy photos show the car’s body panels will be untouched.

It will gain a large honeycomb-style element at the front, and a redesigned bumper. From pictures snapped of various prototypes we know the ForTwo and ForFour will also receive a new tail-light design.


The current Smart ForTwo cabrio.

It’s not known if Smart will upgrade the drivetrain of the ForTwo and ForFour as part of the update.

Currently the ForTwo hatch has a 60kW/160Nm electric motor powering the rear wheels for a leisurely 0-100km/h time of 11.5s, and a top speed of 129km/h. With its 17.6kWh lithium-ion battery range is said to 69km using the WLTP standard.

The Smart brand is in a period of transition. It has left unprofitable markets, such as North America this year and Australia in 2015, and has ended production of versions powered by internal combustion engines.

In March Daimler sold half of the Smart brand to Geely. As part of the deal Geely will engineer and Daimler will style the next-generation Smart range, which will be produced in China for sale across the world.

Daimler will continue producing Smart vehicles in France until 2022, after which the factory will be converted to produce electric Mercedes-Benz cars.

Source: 2020 Smart ForTwo facelift sketched out
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