History of Smart ForTwo EQ Premium Cabrio
The Smart ForTwo is a rear-engined, rear-wheel-drive, two-passenger hatchback manufactured and marketed by the Smart Division of the German multinational Daimler Group AG. It was introduced at the Paris Motor Show in 1998 and received a facelift in 2022 with a convertible variant introduced in 2000 and redesigned in 2002.
In 2006, the second generation was unveiled at the Bologna Motor Show, lengthened by 200 mm to 2,690 mm and offering improved crash performance. The second-generation ForTwo retained the interchangeable plastic body panels and the distinctive rigid steel safety cell.
This steel safety cell is made of 50 percent high-strength, hot-dip galvanised and powder-coated steel, marketed as Tridion. It also received a minor interior facelift in 2011 with a new instrument cluster, more extensive fabric upholstery, an optional 6.5-inch multimedia display and a surround-sound audio system.
The Smart Fortwo also received a minor exterior facelift in 2013 with revised lower side trim and a new brand emblem now located inside instead of above the radiator grille. This second-generation remained the lightest production vehicle in Europe.
The third-generation Fortwo, designated the C453 series, made its global debut in July 2014 at the Tempodrom in Berlin. It was joined by a closely related four-door version, the Smart ForFour, which was co-developed with the third-generation Renault Twingo and shares the same platform and engines.
In 2015, Smart announced a cabriolet version of the ForTwo at the Frankfurt Motor Show, which was launched globally in 2016. These models received additional safety cell reinforcements to compensate for the roof openings, torsion bulkheads under the car, a crossbar behind the passenger seats and additional A-pillar reinforcements.
The German car brand claimed that the standard power soft top opens or closes in 12 seconds and can be operated at any speed. Five soft top colours were offered at launch: black, red, grey, beige, and brown. The grey, beige and brown soft tops were offered as customised soft tops by Brabus.
The electric version of the Smart ForTwo was renamed Smart EQ Fortwo, and announced by Smart in March 2018. This change served to further align with the Mercedes brand EQ, where all electric vehicles produced by Mercedes-Benz are branded EQ.
Both the ForTwo and ForFour lost the front and rear electric drive badges and instead received EQ badges. The graphics of the optional smart media system were also updated. In autumn 2019, a revised model with an electric drive was announced to be available in 2020, but the technical specifications remained the same.
The Smart ForTwo was marketed in 46 countries worldwide, including Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Japan, the United States and South Africa, where production increased by 1.7 million vehicles in early 2015.
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