NEW FOR 2011:

– Standard knee airbag, entry-line radio, cockpit clock and rev counter, gauge cluster design, seatback storage pockets, belt guide mechanism, and body-colour fuel door
– New centre console storage box added as a stand-alone option
– Steering wheel-mounted shift paddles are deleted when cruise control is ordered
– Available LED running lights
– Coupe models add window airbag and one-handed tailgate operation
– Passion model adds ambient lighting, three-spoke leather-wrapped steering wheel with shift paddles, and 15-inch 12-spoke alloy wheels
– New optional packages for all models
– Exterior colours: Light Blue Metallic and Light Green Matte added; Blue Metallic discontinued; tridion body shell now available in white

For 2011, the Smart Fortwo undergoes a mild facelift, with a redesigned cabin and new available LED running lights (with late availability). All models now include the dash-mounted cockpit clock and rev counter, and the base radio no longer includes a CD player, but does have a USB and auxiliary input.

On the Pure trim level, the Style Package now includes an exterior appearance package of painted side and bumper skirts. On the Passion level, new available stand-alone options include a high-performance surround sound system, 15-inch double three-spoke or six-spoke alloy wheels, and a touch-screen navigation/radio/CD/Bluetooth unit. The BRABUS package now deletes the fog lamps, Smart 10 radio and Smart Soundsystem, and adds the navigation radio and surround sound system, plus ambient lighting.

Available in a coupe or cabriolet (convertible), the Smart uses a 1.0-litre three-cylinder gasoline engine, mated to an automated five-speed transmission that can be manually shifted or left in Drive.

The coupe comes in Pure, Passion or BRABUS trim, while the cabriolet comes in Passion or BRABUS. The cabriolet features a soft top that peels back electrically at the touch of a button; the side rails can also be removed and stored in a special area inside the trunk for full open-air. While not as easy as a conventional top, it only takes a couple of minutes to open completely and isn’t hard to do.

Features on the Pure coupe include 15-inch steel wheels, head and thorax side airbag, knee airbag, cloth seats with matching dashboard insert, door storage compartments, external temperature display, dash-mounted rev counter and clock pods, locking glove compartment, power windows, power locks with keyless entry, CD stereo, fold-down passenger seat, and two-spoke leather-wrapped steering wheel. Air conditioning can be added as an option, which also adds a folding armrest.

The Passion coupe adds 15-inch alloy wheels, air conditioning with automatic temperature control, six-CD/MP3 stereo, panorama glass roof with sunscreen, three-spoke leather-wrapped steering wheel with shift paddles, cargo cover, electric power steering, heated electric mirrors, and heated seats.

The Passion Cabriolet is equipped similarly to the coupe, but includes an automatic fabric roof with glass rear window and detachable roof bars.

The BRABUS adds 15-inch front and 17-inch rear double-spoke alloy wheels, sportier suspension, sport exhaust with chrome tailpipes, heated leather seats, sport steering wheel, matte brushed aluminum sport pedals, BRABUS velour floor mats, BRABUS fuel filler door, and body skirt package.

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