Spied – Renault’s version of the next generation Smart ForTwo

Posted on: Jun 3, 2013 - 5:31pm IST

The Smart ForTwo is due for a product overhaul sometime next year. The next generation 2015 Smart ForTwo is expected to be made by Renault as well, under the Daimler-Renault-Nissan joint venture.

2015 Smart ForTwo
Overall size of the car will remain the same. Expect the new Smart to be lighter though. The test mule is not the final product, it is testing body panels and mechanical components on a chopped Renault Twingo chassis.

While Daimler has access to the engines from Renault, the French car maker could also make a badge-engineered cars. What you see here are spyshots taken by Autoplus reader Nest, somewhere in Lyon, France.

For all you know, this could be the Daimler Smart ForTwo testing with Renault logos and taillights. Or this could be Renault’s version itself. While we can’t come to a conclusion on that, it’s safe to say that the new car has about the same footprint as the outgoing model.

2015 Smart ForTwo rear
Could this be a Daimler testing its mechanicals with Renault badges?

Only last week, we reported that Daimler had expressed keen interest to learn about the 1.0-liter Ford EcoBoost engine, and that in return Ford would be imparted some knowledge about Daimler’s lean burn Euro 6 engines. It’s quite possible that the next Smart ForTwo would be powered by a complete range of turbocharged petrol and diesel engines. Right now, only a single engine in the lineup is a turbo petrol.

2015 Smart ForTwo front

Renault have a small 0.9-liter three-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine, which is sold in cars such as the Renault Clio. This could be an ideal fit for the 2015 Smart ForTwo.

Renault have shown strong interest in the Quadricycle/City car segment. The Renault Twizy was introduced last year in the European market and the recently shown Twin Run Concept will also spawn a city car.

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4 thoughts on “Spied – Renault’s version of the next generation Smart ForTwo

  1. sandy says:

    A query arises, what is the difference between quadricycle and the likes of mini/micro car like Smartfor2, Toyota iQ other then engine capacity?

    1. Anjan Ravi says:

      Firstly, the EU defines the Quadricycle based on the amount of CO2 emitted per km. The Twizy is an electric and boasts of one of the lowest amounts of emissions. As a result, it gets significant benefits such as tax cuts, congestion benefits and parking benefits.

      Also, the EU would like their Quadricycles to have a top speed limited to about 35mph (56km/h).

      The CityCar on the other hand, Toyota iQ, Smart ForTwo (even the Aston Martin Cygnet which is an iQ underneath) and the Twin Run are regular cars with an extremely small footprint.

    2. sandy says:

      Actually Anjan, I took a visit to http://www.aixam.com/ a quadricycle based company @ France and Europe. The Dimension of these stuff is more then equal to Nano, else the engines are very small (2 cylinder 400cc diesel).
      So there lies the confusion; if iQ or Smartfor2 comes with 200-300cc bike engine even Nano, then do they qualify as Q-cycle?
      Or anything like Swift comes with similar engine could satisfy Q-cycle norm?


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