New generation smart fortwo prototype spied image

We all know for some time that smart, owned by Daimler, is about to change generation for the only model in its line-up – the city dwelling fortwo. Our spies – after shooting mules since over a year now – finally stumbled across the real prototype.

Shot here in two-seater layout, the new car will also form the base for a stretched version of the smart fortwo, previewed also by the latest concept – fourjoy – revealed during the 2013 IAA Frankfurt Motor Show.

While the standard smart will remain a pure two-seater, the smart fortwo+2 will have rear doors, making access into the tiny rear at least somewhat easier. An additional model will make the smart range a bit more competitive with base-level city cars like the Chevy Spark, and more premium vehicles, like the Audi A1 and the rumored BMW Isetta.

Both new smarts will stay as a rear-wheel-drive, keeping the engine below the floor of the trunk. The added length for the backseat in the four-seater will come from an elongated wheelbase. Although currently unnamed, it is rumored to keep the Fortwo+2 nickname. It will be smart’s first four-seater since the failed Smart forfour. Rumor has it the cars will be available with several engine options, a passive hybrid, and certainly also a full electric motor.