New Smart ForTwo to Share Components, Not Styling, With Renault Twingo

Many people never expected to see a new Smart ForTwo hit U.S. roads considering the dismal sales of the current version. But a new generation of the minicar is now scheduled to reach U.S. markets by August 2015, and it will share up to 70 percent of its components with the Renault Twingo. Damiler and Renault joined forces to co-develop three cars: the Smart ForTwo, Smart ForFour, and Renault Twingo. Smart will share the Twingo's two engines, including a 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine good for 70 horsepower and a turbocharged three-cylinder rated at 90 horsepower. The cars are all built on the same platform. But a few tweaks will make the Smart cars unique from their French cousin. The Renault Twingo is larger than both the two-seater and four-seater Smart cars. The ForTwo will retain its current length of 106 inches, while the new Smart ForFour will reach just 138 inches. The latter Smart car, however, will not make its way to the U.S.
Reports that the new Twingo would come with dramatic styling elements had some people hoping the new Smart cars would adopt the same whimsical theme. But apparently the Smart models will "bear no resemblance" to the Twingo, reports Automotive News Europe. While the Twingo already debuted at the Geneva Motor Show, watch for a Smart car unveiling sometime in the next several months. Source: Automotive News Europe