Maintaining the design DNA and the compact dimensions (length/width/height: 2.69/1.66/1.55 m) of the Smart Fortwo and Forfour, the new Smart Cabrio is characterized by a B-pillar narrower than on the closed variant and a more progressive styling of the tridion safety cell, which give the car a sportier and more forward-focused look.
The design includes all the trademark styling cues of the brand, including the typical silhouette with ultra-short overhangs, the clear lines, shapes and surfaces, the tridion safety cell and the new face with the fading honeycomb grille design and the rhombic headlamps.
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.
The side roof bars can be removed thus enabling a fullcabrio experience. Once removed, the roof bars can be stowed on the inside of the tailgate: this compartment also offers additional stowage space for small items, for example fluorescent jacket, first-aid kit or warning triangle.
The outer covering of the soft top is made of a particularly lightfast polyacrylic fabric and the inside features a polyester/cotton mix. There is a rubber layer in the middle. The soft top has a total thickness of 20 mm. The rear windscreen is heated and is made of glass.
The new smart fortwo cabrio is the most rigid smart cabrio ever, with a torsional strength 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. In addition, the cabrio has been specifically reinforced in decisive places in comparison to the coupé. The modifications include a large steel cross under the vehicle, two torsional bulkheads under the vehicle at the front and rear and an inner tube in the A-pillars made of high strength hot-formed steel.
The fortwo cabrio also maintains the agility typical of the brand – at 6.95 m (from kerb to kerb) and 7.30 m (from wall to wall) turning manoeuvres are extremely simple.
The new cabrio will initially be available with two state-of-the-art three-cylinder engines rated at 52 kW/71 hp and 66 kW/90 hp. Both engines can be combined with the five-speed manual transmission or the fully automatic twinamic dual clutch transmission.