New smart EQ fortwo and forfour teased

New smart EQ fortwo and forfour teased
New smart EQ fortwo sketch
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Smart will become an all-electric automaker next year. Therefore the facelifted smart EQ fortwo and forfour are extremely important for the company’s survival. The two improved models will be unveiled next month at this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show and will be available to buy early next year.

 

Mercedes-Benz official product roadmap for 2018-2019

 

The new sketches confirm that no major aesthetic changes are expected. Most significant changes will happen on the inside.

For the facelifted models I expect the previously announced 30 kWh battery for more range, LED headlights, some efficiency tweaks (slight aerodynamic improvement) and a better price.

The upgraded smart EQ forfour will be an alternative to the Volkswagen electric triplets (Ε KODA CITIGOe iV, SEAT Mii Electric and Volkswagen e-up 2.0). All these are expected to be priced below 20.000 euros with a WLTP range around 260 km.

The biggest doubt so far is the charging system. Will Smart introduce CCS fast charging in this upgrade or not?

 

New smart EQ forfour sketch

 

Anyway, this facelift is the last to be made to this generation. A new generation will be introduced in 2022, then production will move to China. This year the Chinese automaker Geely bought 50 percent of Smart from Daimler.

Under the joint venture agreement, a new generation of smart electric models will be assembled at a new purpose-built electric car factory in China with global sales due to begin in 2022.

 

The production of the current generation will remain in Europe.

Prior to the launch of new models from 2022 onwards, Daimler will continue to produce the current generation of smart vehicles in its Hambach plant France (smart EQ fortwo) and at Novo Mesto (Slovenia, smart EQ forfour).

 

If similarly priced I would probably choose a smart EQ forfour instead of a VW electric triplet only if it keeps the 22 kW on-board charger and adds CCS fast charging. This considering it gets the expected 30 kWh battery. What about you?

 

 

More info:

https://www.autoexpress.co.uk/smart/fortwo/107772/facelifted-smart-eq-fortwo-and-eq-forfour-teased

https://media.daimler.com/marsMediaSite/en/instance/ko/Daimler-and-Geely-Holding-form-global-joint-venture-to-develop-smart.xhtml?oid=42917172

Pedro Lima

My interest in electric transportation is mostly political. I’m tired of coups and wars for oil. My expectation is that the adoption of electric transportation will be a factor for peace and democracy all over the world.
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MattC
MattC
1 year ago

The smart fourfour was Β£18k in the UK. It had a rubbish battery. Are you seriously saying the battery will increase to 30kWh and the price will drop? If that is the case, it is a very compelling buy.

Pedro Lima
1 year ago
Reply to  MattC

Yes, there won’t be any ICE (Internal Combustion Engine) Smarts to sell, meaning that they have to make compelling electric cars, otherwise lose all the market share. The previous models were overpriced on purpose to not cannibalize ICE sales. That’s the biggest problem with legacy automakers, they prefer to protect ICE sales than selling affordable EVs.

Adrian
Adrian
1 year ago

I love my 2018 Petrol powered smart too much to give in to a electric version. Bad move to go completely electric over the whole range. I have one of the last petrol versions.

Elayne
Elayne
1 year ago
Reply to  Adrian

Think of it this way, you now own a collectors model!

Ray
Ray
1 year ago

Why don’t you all make the 4 door.love to have a 4 door. But gas