Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Smart ForTwo updates

What's new in Smartland? (Smartville? Smartburg?) I'm glad you asked.

You can now order your ForTwo in "matt light green" (shouldn't it be "matte"?) or light blue metallic. Plus, now the black parts can be painted to match the body. The ForTwo Cabrio is available with a red or blue top, and the tridion safety cell is available in bright white. The ForTwo will be available with LED daytime running lights, and three new 15-inch alloy wheel styles. BRABUS models will get new wheels and a new muffler style, too. Yee haw!

Enough about the exterior, how about the interior? Smart describes its new redesigned inside as a "harmonious interior with a feel-good atmosphere." It now features a full fabric-covered instrument panel, new dials, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and dim-able LED interior lights. Additionally, there is a new audio system with integrated navigation, Bluetooth, auxiliary input, and an iPhone kit with cradle. The iPhone kit allows for Internet radio, hands-free operation, and "clever navigation with a Smart touch."

The ForTwo's engines also now release less CO2.

Smart still has its work cut out for it, especially with Toyota/Scion's new iQ coming out soon. Then again, perhaps the U.S. just isn't a suitable market for A-segment microcars.

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