These design sketches are our first official look at the facelifted Smart EQ ForTwo and EQ ForFour. The revised all-electric Smart range will be introduced at this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show, before going on sale early next year.
Mercedes says both models will receive a “reduced and grown-up” design rethink. Based on what we can see in the sketches, revisions are fairly minor, stretching to a larger, honeycomb radiator grille, fresh fog lamps, more aggressive air ducts for the front bumper and a pair of reworked headlights. New lightweight alloy wheels are likely to appear too.
Both cars’ bonnet lines will be smoothed over, in a likely bid to improve aerodynamic efficiency, while previous spy shots of the EQ ForFour suggest that new tail lights will feature throughout the line-up. Like the current model, the Smart EQ ForTwo will be available in either coupe or cabriolet body styles.
Interior revisions will be equally restrained, being limited to an updated dashboard and fresh trim, based on recent spy shots.
The cabin of our spied ForFour mule features a set of brightly coloured air vents and white dashboard trim, suggesting owners will be able to choose from a broader range of customisation options than the current model.
Smart’s all-electric drivetrain will also receive a boost, with a likely hike in power and battery capacity. The current version has an output of 80bhp, a battery capacity of 17.6kWh and a range of around 100 miles. It also offers support for 22kW charging, enabling a charge from 10 to 80 percent capacity in under 40 minutes.
From next year, Smart will phase out its internal-combustion-engined models across the European market, making it the first manufacturer to make the systematic switch from fossil fuel to electric drive.
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