New smart products at the IAA 2015.
Three cars in one: the new smart fortwo cabrio.
At the touch of a button the new smart fortwo cabrio is transformed from a closed two-seater into a car with a large sliding canvas sunroof, or a fully-fledged cabriolet with the soft top completely open. This enables the fresh air driving experience to be adapted to the weather or the driver’s mood.
This flexibility offered by the “tritop” folding soft top and the removable roof bars is a special feature – and not just in this segment. At the same time, the new smart cabrio is the only “true” cabriolet in its vehicle class. The new cabrio will initially be available with two state-of-the-art three-cylinder engines. Both engines can be combined with the five-speed manual transmission or the fully automatic twinamic dual clutch transmission. The first models will reach dealers in the spring of 2016.
The design – defined by heart and mind.
The new smart cabrio is clearly recognisable as a member of the new smart generation The third model also embodies the smart design philosophy of FUN.ctional design, defined by two poles – the heart and mind. The design idiom is clear, purist and very progressive. This includes the typical profile with ultra-short overhangs, the clear lines, shapes and surfaces and, of course, the tridion safety cell. With the grille in a fading honeycomb design and the rhombic headlamps, the face is unmistakably smart. The B-pillar is narrower than on the closed variant and the styling of the tridion safety cell is more progressive, giving the smart fortwo cabrio an even sportier and more forward-focused look. Prospective customers can choose between three different colours for the “tritop” fabric soft top: blue denim (jeans look), red or black. The headlining is always grey. The removable roof bars that can be stowed in a compartment in the tailgate come in the tridion colour.
Open-top driving experience.
When the sun peeps out from behind the clouds, smart fortwo cabrio drivers can react quickly: the fabric soft top can be opened fully automatically in twelve seconds – even when driving at top speed. With the 3-button key the soft top can also be opened from outside the car by remote control. Removing the side roof bars enables a full-blown cabrio experience. The roof bars can be stowed on the inside of the tailgate.
This stowage compartment in the tailgate also offers additional stowage space for small items, for example a fluorescent jacket, first-aid kit or warning triangle.
Advanced assistance systems.
The new smart fortwo cabrio is the most rigid smart cabrio ever. The torsional strength has been improved by around 15 percent compared with the predecessor. The material mix comprises a high proportion of ultra-high strength hot-formed steels and maximum-strength multiphase steels. Advanced assistance systems, which were previously the reserve of higher classes of vehicle, help to prevent accidents. These include the latest-generation ESP® with Crosswind Assist and hill start assist (standard), forward collision warning (optional) and Lane Keeping Assist (optional).
The styling is sure to delight.
Needless to say, the smart fortwo cabrio has the agility typical of the brand – at 6.95 metres (from kerb to kerb) and 7.30 metres (from wall to wall), turning manoeuvres are extremely simple. In addition to three lines in the guise of passion, prime and proxy, customers can choose from a large range of safety and comfort features – including the new features added in the latest facelift, such as smartphone integration with MirrorLink® (standard in combination with the smart Media-System) or the Urban Style package (including black wheel arch linings and lowering kit). The high-quality and charming interior of the smart fortwo cabrio corresponds to that of the closed variant. The interior styling is sure to delight and is characterised by a “dynamic loop” as a signature feature throughout the interior – emotional sweeping lines which feature on the dashboard and doors, for example.