The new smart fortwo cabrio is all set to enter the stage in the spring as a particularly iconic variant of the new model series. The open-top two-seater will reach dealers in February 2016. Prices begin at 15,655 euros for the model with the 52 kW engine and the twinamic dual clutch transmission. A variant with manual transmission will follow in due course. In addition to the three lines passion, prime and proxy, customers can choose from a large range of safety and comfort details – including smartphone integration via MirrorLink®.
Three cars in one: at the touch of a button the new smart fortwo cabrio is transformed from a closed two-seater into a car with a large sliding canvas sunroof, or a fully fledged cabriolet with the soft top completely open. This enables the fresh air driving experience to be adapted to the weather or the driver’s mood. This flexibility offered by the “tritop” folding soft top and the removable roof bars is a special feature – and not just in this segment. At the same time, the new smart fortwo cabrio is the only true cabriolet in its vehicle class.
“Our new smart fortwo cabrio really exudes joie de vivre in the city – which is what our brand stands for,” says Dr Annette Winkler, Head of smart. “Functional, emotional and innovative – these are the three core values of smart which are embodied by every one of our vehicles, with the emphasis varying according to the individual vehicle. The new smart fortwo cabrio clearly focuses on emotionality – this is a vehicle which places a very special emphasis on joie de vivre. The smart fortwo cabrio is the “hippest” variant of our new generation – the icon of the icon, as it were.” Some 220,000 cabrio fans opted for the previous models.
The new smart fortwo cabrio (length/width/height: 2.69/1.66/1.55 m) is clearly recognisable as a member of the new smart generation: the third model also embodies the smart design philosophy of FUN.ctional design, defined by two poles – the heart and mind. The design idiom is clear, purist and very progressive. This includes the typical profile with ultra-short overhangs, the clear lines, shapes and surfaces and, of course, the tridion safety cell. With the grille in a fading honeycomb design and the rhombic headlamps, the face is unmistakably smart. The B-pillar is narrower than on the closed variant and the styling of the tridion safety cell is more progressive, giving the smart fortwo cabrio an even sportier and more forward-focused look.
When the sun peeps out from behind the clouds, smart fortwo cabrio drivers can react quickly: 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.
Removing the side roof bars enables a full-blown cabrio experience. The roof bars can be stowed on the inside of the tailgate. This stowage compartment in the tailgate also offers additional stowage space for small items, for example a fluorescent jacket, first-aid kit or warning triangle.
With an area of 1.8 m2, the “tritop” fabric soft top is approximately four percent larger than its predecessor. The outer covering 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 window is heated and is made of glass.
Safety: occupant protection space validated in roof-drop test
The material mix of the smart fortwo cabrio 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 scissor struts under the vehicle, two torsional bulkheads under the vehicle at the front and rear, and an inner tube in the A-pillars made of ultra-high-strength hot-formed steel.
As well as meeting the requirements of mandatory crash tests, the new smart fortwo cabrio – with a safety concept that includes the tridion safety cell typical of the brand for efficient energy absorption – also passes additional Mercedes-Benz crash tests that often have much stricter requirements. These include the “roof-drop” test. Here the body falls at a slight angle from a height of 50 cm onto the roof structure and the vehicle hits one of the two A-pillars.
Advanced assistance systems, which were previously the reserve of higher classes of vehicle, help to prevent accidents. These include the latest-generation ESP® with Crosswind Assist (option) and Hill Start Assist (standard), forward collision warning (option) and Lane Keeping Assist (option).