Smart sets sights on compact EVs with the #2 & #4
After the models #1 and #3, the Smart #2 and the Smart #4 will likely follow next. However, potential customers will have to wait a few more years.
According to the French portal L’Argus, the Smart #2 is expected to hit the streets in 2025 as the successor to the Smart Fortwo. L’Argus writes that the Smart #4, planned for 2026, will be a compact electric car to compensate for the demise of the Mercedes-Benz A-Class.
This means that even though the new Smart vehicles will be significantly larger than the original city runabouts, the manufacturer is not writing them off completely. Thus, the #2 will once again be a “minimalist” two-seater. Even if it is not ruled out that it will be “a few centimetres longer here and there” than the original. Externally, it could resemble the Vision EQ Fortwo concept presented in 2017.
Production of the current Smart Fortwo will cease next year. The successor will then no longer be built in Europe, but in China. The Chinese car company Geely, which is known to have an equal share in Smart as Mercedes-Benz, sells the electric Panda Mini through its Geometry brand. L’Argus speculates that the new Smart #2 could use the same platform, which could make the electric car significantly cheaper than its predecessor.
A fourth model is then planned for the following year 2026 with the Smart #4. So far, nothing is known about the planned vehicle, except that it will be in the C-segment. The BEV will reportedly be based on the #1 and #3 models, but not on Mercedes’ MMA platform. “It will thus support the new in-house SUV coupe in the C-segment,” the article states, “to better compete with the MG4, the Renault Mégane E-Tech , the Volkswagen ID.3 and others.”
largus.fr (in French)