Thursday, December 16, 2010
2011 Smart Fortwo Receives Minor Upgrades
The Smart Fortwo is entering the 2011 model year with an almost invisible change here and there complemented by the introduction of more economical engines.
In addition to the new range of available exterior colors that now include a matt finish and the availability of a red or blue colored soft-top for the cabrio models, the updated Fortwo gets fresh fabric and color options for the interior while the tridion safety cell is now optionally available in white.
The optional LED daytime driving lights up front and newly designed 15 inch alloy wheels on the outside, along with the refreshed instrument dials, new audio and navigation systems, and an optional three-spoke leather steering wheel with cruise control function and a trip computer inside, complete the visual upgrades.
Under the hood, Mercedes-Benz's engineers fine-tuned the Fortwo's engines lowering fuel consumption and C02 emissions. Thanks to the re-calibrated engine control unit and new exhaust system both the 60HP mhd and the 70HP mhd consume 4.2lt/100km (60mpg US) with corresponding CO2 emissions of 97g/km.
The 62 kW / 83HP version consumes 4.9lt/100 km with CO2 emissions of 114 g/km, while the 40kW / 54HP cdi diesel now returns CO2 emissions of just 86g/km.
Finally, the range-topping Brabus model receives a small boost in output, from 72 kW / 97HP to 75 kW / 101HP with CO2 emissions of 119g/km.
Smart added that in celebration of the introduction of the 2011MY Fortwo, it will launch a limited edition model called "Lightshine" that will be available in the new exterior colors matt light green or light blue metallic as a coupe and cabriolet with either a 52 kW mhd petrol engine, a 62 kW petrol engine or a 40kW cdi engine.