Smart Fortwo hybrid. Click image to enlarge
Geneva, Switzerland – Smart has unveiled a micro hybrid drive version of its Fortwo at the 78th International Motor Show in Geneva, along with its “Edition Limited Two”, a new diesel and a BRABUS edition.
The Fortwo micro hybrid drive includes a start/stop function that switches off the engine at speeds under 8 km/h when the brake pedal is pushed; the company said that standard fuel consumption is reduced from 4.7 L/100 km to around 4.3 L/100 km, with a corresponding reduction in average CO2 emissions from 112 g/km to approximately 103 g/km. In slow, heavy traffic, fuel savings could be as high as 19 per cent over a conventional model.
The “Edition Limited Two” will be produced as a limited series of 2,000 vehicles and includes exclusive colouring and high-quality materials, including leather interior, heated seats, sports steering wheel, matt silver highlights and six-spoke alloy wheels with wide tires.
The new Smart cdi consumes only 3.3 L/100 km on average and is capable of travelling approximately 1,000 km without refuelling; the company said it is the “world’s most economical production car with combustion drive.” It uses a common-rail direct injection system that increases power and torque by 10 per cent while reducing fuel consumption by 13 per cent.
The company also showed two models, the BRABUS and BRABUS Xclusive, with bright-finish alloy wheels and wide tires, sports exhaust system with centrally-positioned stainless steel tailpipes, lowered ride height, exclusive cockpit instruments, stainless steel pedals and three-spoke leather steering wheel with shift paddles. The turbocharged engine develops 98 hp and 103 lb-ft of torque, with acceleration from zero to 100 km/h in 9.9 seconds and an electronically-limited top speed of 155 km/h, while returning 5.2 L/100 km.