Smart Fortwo Features
The Smart Fortwo is known for being one of the first real modern city cars. The automotive industry at the time of the Smart Fortwo’s introduction was filled to the brim with small family cars and super-minis with a length of around 12 feet. The introduction of a 98.4-inch long city car like the Smart Fortwo was unheard of, which prompted the creation of the new segment. The Fortwo is not just popular for being the first: it is also popular for remaining one of the best city cars. The car, while not perfect, is brilliant for moving around the city. About the Smart Fortwo
Although the Smart Fortwo began production in 1998, it is still a rare sight in American cities as of 2012. The 2012 model Smart Fortwo continues unchanged from last year. The only change visible is in the econobox dash. The updated dash now includes bright matte-metallic toned trim and textured plastics.
It is available in two body styles, a fixed roof coupe and a cabriolet with two removable roof panels that gives a convertible-like experience. The interior of the car is cramped, and it can take time for the driver and passenger to settle in the seats. However, the generous glass area gives the cars a more open and relaxing feel. The three-cylinder engine from the second generation is added in the 2012 Smart Fortwo as well. The engine provides exactly the kind of performance required to make driving around the city comfortable.
The Smart Fortwo is equipped with electronic stability control and seat-mounted side airbags. The placement of the engine in the rear is another important safety aspect of the car because it helps maximize the crumple zone in the front.
The absence of a nose and the slab sides make the Smart Fortwo look taller than it actually is. The small dimensions of the car make it hard to ignore the sound of the engine, although it does sound smooth in idle and the middle range. However, the engine can get particularly noisy when pushed hard. Another disadvantage of the Smart Fortwo is its automated manual transmission gearbox, which does not provide a smooth gearshift. Breaks in power are a common occurrence while shifting gears, and it can get quite irritating.
The Smart Fortwo rides very well in the urban environment, just as a self-respecting city car should. The small size of the car does away with the need for power steering, an uncommon change that is hardly noticeable. The steering is very communicative, and the car can zip and turn tight corners very easily. The brakes are also very effective. However, the Smart Fortwo starts to fail when it is out of its habitat. The car gets loud and shaky on the highway, making it suitable only for inner city rides rather than high-speed roads. The Smart Fortwo returns a fuel economy of around 34/38 mpg city/highway, which is just about the same as that of a four-passenger or five-passenger sub-compact hatchback. Smart Fortwo Evolution
The first generation of the Smart Fortwo began production in 1998. The car received its first facelift in 2002. A three-cylinder turbocharged engine powered the car. The engine was available in 50 hp and 61 hp versions. The Smart Fortwo was available as a cabriolet and coupe body style. However, it was known as city coupe and city cabrio, initially. The term "Fortwo" was introduced two years later.
The Smart Fortwo was available in the following trim levels: a base model called ‘Pure’, a mid-level ‘Pulse’ coupe, and a top-end ‘Passion’ cabriolet. The first generation had several limited edition model runs, such as the Cdi, Limited 1, Crossblade, Crosstown, Michalak C7, Nightrun, and Truestyle.
The second-generation Smart Fortwo debuted in November 2006. The new car was 106.1 inches long, which was slightly larger than the previous generation. The powertrain of the car also went through some changes. In Europe, the new engines were now a 0.8-liter turbocharged straight-3 diesel engine, a 1.0-liter naturally aspirated straight-3 gasoline engine, and a 1.0-liter turbocharged straight-3 gasoline engine; only the 1.0-liter naturally aspirated engine is available in the U.S.
The structure of the second-generation Smart Fortwo included a rigid, exposed steel frame that was known as a Tridion frame. It protected and surrounded the passenger compartment and also gave greater definition to the design and shape of the car. In addition to this, the Tridion frame also allowed interchangeable body panels on the exterior. The car has a total weight of 1609 pounds.