New Smart EQ ForTwo and EQ ForFour revealed
City-car maker Smart is phasing out its use of internal-combustion engines with a range of new electric-only models that’ll debut at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show.
The new EQ ForTwo and EQ ForFour will be powered by the same 82hp electric motor, which Smart says will propel the ForTwo from 0-62mph in 11.6 seconds. Mercedes-owned Smart has carried over the battery pack from the previous EQ models, a 17.6kWh unit it claims will give a maximum range of 99 miles between charges.
With the optional 22kWh rapid charger, the new models can be charged to 80% in 40 minutes and there’s now an EQ control app for finding a charging point.
Elsewhere, the EQ ForTwo and EQ ForFour have been given a visual makeover, with more pronounced wheelarches, a large honeycomb grille flanked by new foglights, while new optional LED headlights, more aggressive air vents and a redesigned radiator grille complete the new look at the front. LED tail-lights debut at the rear.
Inside, the EQ ForTwo and EQ ForFour get a new centre console to free up space and a storage area in front of the gearlever, which is big enough to place a phone or two coffee cups.
Connectivity is key to the infotainment setup in the Smart, and it’s designed to be powered by your phone. The Smart EQ control app also allows you to manage your car’s key functions even when you’re not with the car.
Smart has also simplified how you buy an EQ ForTwo or EQ ForFour. The entry-level model is available with three equipment levels: passion, pulse and prime. In addition, customers can choose an equipment package: Advanced, Premium or Exclusive. Finally, you choose your preferred colour.
Sales are set to begin later in 2019 and next year, Smart will begin phasing out its internal-combustion-engined cars, becoming the first mainstream manufacturer in Europe to focus solely on electric models.
Prices will be confirmed at a later date, although Smart ForTwo customers will continue to have the choice of Coupe or Cabrio variants.