The secrets of the original forfour and the failed attempt to grow smart
Not content with opening a significant gap in the automotive industry with the keys have defined an urban and practical product that had not existed, someone would have to have invented, Smart wanted to take the feet of the pot, forget for a moment of his philosophy and try to get into a segment that was already invented, the five city gates. In 2004 he launched the smart forfour, a utilitarian four-seater that already stood at 3.75 meters long and neither was as agile in the city as the fortwo, nor enjoyed his rear engine. In short, contributed little or nothing to what is already offered a range of models that had triumphed in Europe for decades.
Let's call it experiment or historical failure, but with less than three years of marketing and sold just over 100,000 units, the smart forfour was far from a success. Especially if we consider the figures which move in Europe similar to forfour utility.
smart is upheld in Mitsubishi technology to move forward with its proposed five-door small car.
The smart forfour landed in dealerships with larger powertrains, three and four-cylinder, between 75 and 109 hp. Unlike the fortwo, which was a proper development of Daimler, He had to use smart to leverage technology Mitsubishi Colt of the time. Months later, after its launch, the engine range with two three-cylinder diesel grew and really spicy engine with 122 hp.
Although the smart forfour not triumph, nor be too innovative against its competitors, it must be said that at least enjoyed interesting peculiar characteristics, practices or. For example, the forfour could also be decorated with its body in two tones and a structure resembling the cell Tridion fortwo. With less than 1,000 kg and range of engines ordered the brand, I must say that was not bad.
Among other things, it had an adjustable rear bench in length, with an adjustment range of 15 centimeters.
smart forfour BRABUS: the smart little GTI
For performance, the smart forfour BRABUS could blush best spicy utility of the time, including the Clio RS.
But the smart forfour we still have saved some surprises last minute. How could it be outdone, there was also a smart forfour BRABUS, a spicy thanks to the turbo version that reached the not inconsiderable figure of 177 hp. This little shrew was capable of reaching 221 km / h and accelerating from 0 to 100 km / h in just 6.9 seconds. In performance he was able to be measured with a Renault Clio RS the time ...
If your power, performance and sporty exterior was not enough, the forfour BRABUS also offered with leather seating.
smart formore: the crossover smart unborn
When smart was already working on a crossover, the brand decided to close all open fronts and focus solely on the fortwo.
Time, wanted the smart forfour conquer the Americas. In order to jump the Atlantic, smart would even consider something even more radical, an alternative jacket, five-door crossover which would be marketed under the name smart formore. And at that very moment in which smart and finalizing the details of the prototype that would see at the Frankfurt Motor Show 2005, the project was canceled, smart decided to close all fronts that had opened introduced a large number of niches and being aware that the situation was not good, focus all its efforts on the original idea, the smart fortwo.
we do not lose sight. We'll talk at length about smart in the coming days ...
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