The new 2020 Smart Fortwo and 2020 Smart EQ ForFour are fully unveiled following theatrical photos released in August. Both cars have new styling, but the electric drive has not been upgraded. Smart became the first mass-market maker to go electric-only with the new EQ Fortwo, Fortwo Cabrio, and Forfour. After offering electric versions of its models in 2007, Smart announced in 2018 that it would move to a “full electric brand for urban mobility” as its leadership was revamped, towed and tossed off with the three-cylinder petrol engines.
2020 Smart Fortwo Design
Elsewhere, buyers can look forward to revised styling. There are a new grille and the revised headlight and taillight designs, and inside there’s a new center console with extra storage and an 8.0-inch touchscreen for the center stack infotainment. Buyers also have more customization options to choose from. The exterior of the new Smart EQ models, described as “radically simple” by Daimler design boss Gorden Wagener, is an evolution of the outgoing car’s appearance.
The grille has been lowered and made larger, although much of the surface has been barred because EVs require less air cooling. For the first time, the Fortwo and Forfour have different looks, with Smart giving the four-seat a more ‘dynamic’ profile than the ‘familiar friendly face’ of the Fortwo. There are also new taillight designs, while full-LED headlights are optional, as well as a variety of color combinations.
2020 Smart Fortwo Interior
The interior has also received updates. In addition to extra storage, there’s a new eight-inch infotainment touchscreen that provides all the smartphone connectivity you really need. Downloading the Smart EQ Control app allows you to unlock the car, set the climate control, find parking spots, see where you parked and remotely check the battery status. There’s a system that facilitates the recovery of a stolen Smart, and you can even download an augmented-reality app that shows if your items can fit in the boot.
Smart is the first mainstream manufacturer to get rid of its entire range of gasoline and offer only electric models. This means that its cars will compete with the Renault ZOE, Peugeot e-208, and SEAT Mii electric when they are all for sale.
2020 Smart Fortwo Engine
Smart is the first mainstream manufacturer to get rid of its entire range of gasoline and offer only electric models. This means that its cars will compete with the Renault ZOE, Peugeot e-208, and SEAT Mii electric when they are all for sale. A new higher-range drive is expected, but it has been carried over from the current models. This means a range of 99 miles (measured by the obsolete NEDC cycle, so a true range of 70 miles is more likely) and time of 0-62 km / h of between 11.6 and 12.7 seconds. We wonder if the new Smarts is a missed opportunity in terms of reach, especially as Mercedes’ sister company tries to maximize the distance that the electric models will offer at a single charge.
The electric drive is common to all three models and is carried over from the previous year. The setup includes an 80-hp rear axle and a 17.6-kilowatt per hour lithium-ion battery that is 58 miles from the range. The Smart Fortwo 2020 is adequate for speeds in the city, but anyone planning a highway ride will be disappointed. The time of 0-62 mph in 11.6 seconds and the top speed is 81 mph.
2020 Smart Fortwo Safety
In terms of safety, the ForTwo fared well in crash tests by the independent Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) to earn the group’s highest rating – five stars – thanks to the car’s steel racing car styling and the liberal use of high technology front and side airbags. Despite such good safety performance for such a small car, IIHS testers are careful that larger, heavier cars are inherently safer than 2020 Smart Fortwo smaller cars.