The new smart fortwo

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  • (1888PressRelease) September 14, 2015 - The revolution enters the next round - the smart fortwo has undergone improvements in virtually all areas and is markedly more comfortable. Drive power is supplied by state-of-the-art three-cylinder engines rated at 52 kW/71 hp, while power transmission is performed by the twinamic dual clutch transmission. A host of innovative details and turning circle of just 6.95m guarantee even more fun in the city. In addition, 5 units of smart fortwo edition #1 are limited for sell in Hong Kong.

    The smart brand appeals equally to the heart and mind. An expressive design idiom and colouring embody pure joie de vivre. The compact proportions and clever details testify unique functionality. The new smart fortwo are clearly recognisable, such as the headlamps, the cooling air grille in the front and the iconic tridion safety cell. In addition, it is fitted with rear engines, making it particularly agile in urban traffic.

    Short overhangs, a minimal length and a high steering angle are further optimal prerequisites for ensuring that the new smart models get around every corner and into every parking space. When it comes to the turning circle, the new smart fortwo sets a new benchmark: at 6.95 m (from kerb to kerb). It makes turning manoeuvres extremely simple. This outstanding manoeuvrability is attributable in part to the Direct-Steer system with variable ratio and electric power assistance which features as standard on all smart models.

    The new models also come up trumps once again with regard to the maximum space packed into minimal dimensions, as documented by the excellent body space index. This describes the ratio of interior to exterior length, whereby the interior length is measured from the accelerator pedal in unused position along a horizontal line to the rear end, as a simple means of comparison between different vehicles. The new smart fortwo models attain top ratings for this criterion at 75%.

    The key dimensions of the new smart models:

    smart fortwo
    Length (m) 2.69
    Width (m) 1.66
    Height (m) 1.55
    Wheelbase (mm) 1873
    Turning circle (kerb-to-kerb) (m) 6.95
    Interior length (accelerator pedal to rear end) (mm) 2011.6
    Body space index (ratio of length to interior length) (%) 75
    Luggage compartment capacity (behind front seats) (l) 260
    Luggage compartment capacity (behind front seats to roof) (l) 350

    Real-life safety - safety features

    The essential safety concept embodied so successfully by the preceding models has been retained. Like a nut, the interior is protected from harm by a rigid shell: the tridion safety cell. A high proportion of ultra-high strength hot-formed steels and maximum-strength multiphase steel is now used on the new smarts. In keeping with the Mercedes-Benz "real-life safety" philosophy, the focus in car-to-car crash tests was on compatibility with substantially larger and heavier vehicles. The new smart vehicles performed well in frontal collisions with the S- and C-Class.

    Advanced assistance systems which were previously the reserve of higher classes of vehicle further enhance safety and comfort. These include crosswind assist (standard) and Lane Keeping Assist (option). smart therefore offers customers safety features that go far beyond what is usual in the segment.

    passion, prime and proxy - the new lines

    Three equipment lines (passion, prime and proxy) and a wealth of optional items, some of which were previously the reserve of higher segments, make every smart fortwo a unique gem in its own right. Even in the entry-level version, it offers a comprehensive scope of safety and comfort features. To tie in with the market launch of the new smart generation, 5 units of smart fortwo edition #1 are limited for sell in Hong Kong.

    smart fortwo edition #1 offers exclusive design features such as a tridion safety cell in lava orange combined with bodypanels/body in white on the fortwo.The multimedia systems meet the highest standards, with comprehensive smartphone integration, real-time navigation and intuitive operation with touchscreen.

    For the first time, smart is offering the JBL Soundsystem as option, which produces an impressively full sound. It incorporates a 6-channel DSP amplifier (240 watts) in the fortwo. A total of eight (fortwo) high-performance loudspeakers provide for outstanding listening pleasure. Particularly practical: the bass speaker accommodated in the luggage compartment of the fortwo can simply be removed when more space is needed - a further detail underlining the outstanding everyday practicality of the vehicle concept.

    Furthermore, smart cross connect is a revolutionary new app which is made available to customers free of charge by smart for the smart fortwo. The app was specially developed for in-vehicle use on the road and for continued use outside the vehicle. It is available for mobile phones with iOS and Android.

    FUN.ctional - the exterior design

    Extremely short overhangs at front and rear - the new smart generation also possesses these typical proportions. And thanks to the 100 mm wider track, the wheels are positioned further outwards. These characteristic proportions offer outstanding visibility and agility and, together with the rear engine, enable a passenger cell accommodating an unrivalled amount of space in such compact dimensions. The colour contrast between tridion cell and bodypanels is another characteristic feature of the smart brand. The smart designers refer to the evolutionary development of the silhouette as the "one-and-a-half box" design. The higher bonnet lends the smart a more grown-up and sportier character.

    The smart displays a friendly but self-assured face. A decisive feature of this friendly face is the signature smart grille, which is now slightly larger. The grille's perforated structure results from a honeycomb pattern. The honeycomb is paler towards the outside - the designers refer to this as fading. The radiator trim is available in a variety of colours to match or contrast with the bodypanels, including black, cool silver and white. The second, black cooling air opening in the bumper also features the honeycomb pattern.

    The rhombic front lamps are truncated slightly at the top, producing an attractive sporty look. The U-shaped daytime driving lights add a characteristic design feature. In combination with the LED & Sensor package, the headlamps incorporate a welcome function: when the car is unlocked, the light in the headlamps pulsates, as if the smart were welcoming its owner.

    A loving attention to detail is demonstrated, for example, by the way in which the honeycomb pattern is cited in the headlamp covers. On the indicators, the honeycomb pattern even performs the function of dispersing the light. The bonnet also highlights the new sculptural lines, describing a powerful and sporty downward sweep between the headlamps.

    Easy-going and charming - the interior design

    "Loop" is the designers' name for the emotional sweep that features as a leitmotif in the interior, embellishing the dashboard and doors, for example. The sculptural dashboard itself consists of two sections - a bold and sensuous outer section which can optionally be covered with fabric, and a large, concave inner section incorporating the functional elements. In front of the dashboard, the instrument cluster and the infotainment centre with radio/navigation appear to hover as added elements.

    The colour and material concept underscores the easy-going and charming character of the new smart generation, with the equipment lines standing for a distinctive and individual appearance. The sporty front seats with bold contours are designed as integral seats.

    The instrument cluster and its semi-circular segmentation for the speed and warning indicators cites the previous smart models, but in a new look. The striking spherical air vents are simple and fun to use. The centrally positioned air conditioning control unit also features an unusual appearance: the desired temperature can be set on a scale in the middle with the aid of a sliding magnifying glass.

    The three-spoke steering wheel is standard equipment which can be used to control the radio or navigation unit (optional equipment) positioned in the centre of the dashboard. The infotainment centre in modern consumer electronics style appears to hover in front of the dashboard. The interior thus reflects the values of a young, active and networked generation.

    Here is an overview of the prices:

    smart fortwo
    Engine Transmission Capacity Horsepower Price in HKD
    3-cyl. in-line naturally aspirated petrol engine twinamic
    dual clutch transmission 999 cc 71hp/
    6000 rpm $168,000

    About Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Limited
    Established in 1986 and based in Hong Kong, Mercedes-Benz China Limited (MBCL) was the wholly owned subsidiary of Daimler AG and the franchise-holder for all imported passenger vehicle and commercial vehicle products under the Mercedes-Benz, Maybach and smart brand names in the Northeast Asia region (China, Hong Kong and Macau). In 2005, MBCL moved all P.R. China operations to Beijing for further business development. On January 1, 2006, Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Limited was established to take over the wholesale business for the Hong Kong and Macau markets with the lead of MBCL. Since March 2013, Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Limited has become independent from the China operation as an importer for Hong Kong and Macau.

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