Last Saturday where the smart times in China, in addition to the announcement of the smart #5 in 2024 and the improved autopilot hardware, there was also the first official teaser for the next smart fortwo, which will presumably then be called smart #2.
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Even though smart has been a new company with many new faces in the company since the joint venture with Geely in 2020. Fans like Wolfgang Ufer, (CEO smart Germany) and his colleagues from other countries have been promising for a while that there will be another fortwo. Not least because Wolfgang Ufer, for example, still enjoys driving his smart EQ fortwo.
There was obviously a fight within the company, also because it is well known that the platform of the #1, #3 and #5 does not support a small car like a fortwo. At the smart times in China, smart China solemnly announced that it was working on a new fortwo. Fully electric and on a platform specially developed within the group.
A smart EMOTION reader outlined what something like this could look like a good year ago:
After third-party providers already want to make 36 kWh possible for the smart fortwo from 2013 to 2016, I expect something in this size range in the next fortwo too. This would realistically make 200 km and more possible. Thanks to smart typical CCS charging, charging from 10-80% should take under 30 minutes. Depending on the battery chemistry, maybe even faster. On type 2 chargers I expect 11 kW or 22 kW.
Smart did not yet provide any precise information about the car. It is still unknown whether the smart fortwo will continue to grow. It originally had its iconic 2.5 meters, but with the EQ it grew to 2.7 meters to meet safety requirements. The next fortwo would arrive at the earliest in 2025, more likely 2026/27. Then safety will be even more complex.
It's also unknown if the fortwo will also be available as cabrio. I sure hope so, as cabrios are also part of the fortwo's DNA.
Next comes the smart #5, where smart said "Don't think a smart can only be small". More about this here: smart #5 officially teased at the smart times in China
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