By Nat Shirley
Wednesday, Dec 26th, 2012 @ 5:39 pm
 
The current fortwo hasn't exactly been a resounding sales success, but Daimler-owned smart is pushing forward with work on a next-generation model - in addition to a pair of new, larger offerings that could be better suited to U.S. tastes.

Along with the redesigned fortwo, smart's lineup will expand to include a new forfour and a crossover model, according to an Auto Express report.

While both the fortwo and forfour were originally to be co-developed with Daimler partner Renault-Nissan, smart is now reportedly going it alone with its new two-door city car. Slated to launch in early 2014, the fortwo will continue to use a rear-engine, rear-wheel-drive layout, but its styling will take inspiriton from the futuristic forvision EV concept.

While details for the U.S.-spec model have yet to be revealed, power for the European-market version will come from a 0.9-liter two-cylinder with about 64 horsepower. No word on transmission choices, but we'd be surprised if smart didn't abandon the current fortwo's oft-critized single-clutch, automated manual gearbox. An all-electric fortwo with 87 horsepower is expected to join the lineup at the end of 2014, along with a new cabriolet variant.

The four-door fourfor, which is still being jointly developed with Renault-Nissan, will also arrive near the end of 2014. It will offer a range of turbocharged three-cylinder that were developed in conjunction with Renault, which will sell its own version of the forfour as the next-generation Twingo.

Finally, the smart model most likely to be embraced by U.S. buyers - the crossover - will arrive in late 2015. The soft-roader is expected to share a variety of components with the next-generation Nissan Juke and feature four-cylinder powertrains along with styling drawn from the forstars concept.

Here at Leftlane, we believe the contributions of the community are just as valuable as those of our staff. The Web, at its core, is a medium for information sharing and communication. We strive to provide good information, but without you—the community member—there is no communication. Read More>>