Smart has announced plans of a world premier of its new fortwo Cabrio at the International Motor Show in Frankfurt to be held in September.
Pegged as a three cars in one model, the new Cabrio can transformed from a closed two-seater into a car with a large sliding canvas sunroof, or a fully fledged cabriolet with the soft top completely open by just touching one button, Smart revealed.
According to the company, the new Cabrio its the most rigid cabrio ever. The new car has a torsional strength that is 15 percent higher than its predecessor. Smart has reinforced the car in some decisive places to ensure that the car is much safer. The modifications include a large steel cross under the vehicle, two torsional bulkheads under the vehicle at the front and rear and an inner tube in the A-pillars made of high strength hot-formed steel.
The car also packs advanced assistance systems which were previously the reserve of higher classes of vehicle help to prevent accidents. These include the latest-generation ESP® with Crosswind Assist and hill start assist (standard), forward collision warning (option) and Lane Keeping Assist (option).
The new cabrio will initially be available with two state-of-the-art three-cylinder engines rated at 52 kW/71 hp and 66 kW/90 hp. Both engines can be combined with the five-speed manual transmission or the fully automatic twinamic dual clutch transmission. Needless to say, the smart fortwo cabrio has the agility typical of the brand – at 6.95 m (from kerb to kerb) and 7.30 m (from wall to wall) turning manoeuvres are extremely simple.
There are a range of safety and comfort options including smartphone integration with MirrorLink® (standard in combination with the smart Media-System) or the Urban Style package (including black wheel arch linings and lowering kit). A wind deflector is optionally available.
Customers will have three options to select from for the “tritop” fabric soft top – blue denim (jeans look), red or black. The headlining is always grey. The removable roof bars that can be stowed in a compartment in the tailgate come in the tridion colour.
The new smart cabrio will be available for ordering from mid-November and the first models will reach dealers in February 2016.