The Mercedes-Benz Cars unit has just released the first pictures and details about the new ForTwo Cabrio that will make its official worldwide public debut during the 2015 IAA Frankfurt motor show.
The open-top two- seater is naturally based on the coupe version and will also reach the United States sometimes in the summer of 2016. Using a simple button approach, the new Cabrio transforms into having a big sliding canvas sunroof, or morphs into a true cabriolet – the same as with the predecessor.
“Our new smart cabrio really exudes the ‘joy of life’ in the city – which is what our brand stands for,” comments Annette Winkler, the brand’s chief. “I am sure that we will delight our present 220,000 cabrio customers and win lots of new fans with this successful lifestyle icon.”
The design is already familiar from the coupe version but comes now with a reduced B-pillar and a “more progressive” tridion safety cell. Of course, the styling is different because of the soft top canvas that can be retracted in 12 seconds. There is also a choice of colors for the soft top: black, blue denim and red, also coming with a glass rear windscreen. The removable side roof bars can be housed inside the tailgate. Those weary of the safety of cabrio models can rest assured that Smart has made progress in this department too: torsion strength is 15 percent better and the model passes the Mercedes-specific roof drop scenario. The model also comes with new features: ESP with crosswind assist and hill start assist as well as an optional forward collision warning system.
The interior features little changes from the coupe model and comes nicely equipped – thanks to the four trim levels (pure, passion, prime and proxy) with a smart radio with Bluetooth, automatic climate control, power windows, power steering, cruise control, a multifunction steering wheel, alarm system, and LED Daytime Running Lamps for the headlights.
When the model is introduced, two power plants will be offered: three-cylinder engines with either 71 PS (52 kW) and 91 Nm (67 lb-ft) of torque or 90 PS (66 kW) and 135 Nm (99 lb-ft) of torque. These will be mated to a five-speed manual or an automatic twinamic dual clutch gearbox. The Cabrio will be available first in Germany since November after being presented in front of the worldwide audience during the 2015 IAA Frankfurt motor show.