The smart micro hybrid drive (mhd) automatic start-stop function has proven
itself since 2007, although to date it has only been available for the 52kW/71
bhp model. To reduce the fuel costs for the smart fortwo, the two petrol
models with 45 kW/61 bhp and 52 kW/71 bhp engines are now being fitted with
the start-stop automatic function as standard**. This reduces the consumption
of both versions in the combined cycle by around eight percent (to 4.3* litres,
NEDC). CO2 emissions are reduced to 103* grams per kilometre.
In urban traffic with frequent stop-and-go situations savings of almost 20
percent are even possible. 7 out of 10 customers in Europe who opt for a
petrol engine will now drive with this environmentally-friendly technology.
smart has realised the idea behind the automatic start-stop system in a
particularly clever way: the control electronics shut down the engine as
soon as the driver brakes and the vehicle's speed falls below 8 km/h
for example when approaching traffic lights.
* provisional figures, coupé
** mhd not available in the USA and Canada
The engine starts again in the fraction of a second as soon as the driver
releases the brake pedal. In this way the fuel consumption is reduced even
further. The smart fortwo's automated manual transmission is perfectly tuned
to the automatic start-stop system. The driver only needs to accelerate and
brake no clutchwork or gear changing is ever needed. This fully automatic
function of the smart fortwo with mhd technology makes it easy to save fuel
and emissions. Closed diesel particulate filter for the CO2 champion
smart fortwo cdi smart is also improving the environmental footprint of the
diesel model in model year 2009 with a new closed diesel particulate filter
instead of the open version that was previously used. The new system reduces
the particulate mass in the exhaust gas to a minimum and, thanks to intelligent
engine control, it is virtually maintenance-free with a long filter service
life. With combined consumption of 3.4 litres per 100 kilometres (NEDC),
the smart fortwo cdi with a 33kW/45 bhp engine continues to be the world's
production car with the lowest consumption and, with emissions of 88g/km,
it is still the CO2 champion. In future it will also hold a top
position in terms of particulate emissions.
Fresh colours and new sporty alloy wheels
smart is also freshening up its palette with striking new colours. The elegantly
pleasing "grey metallic" and the sporty intensive "rally red" are new in
the portfolio. This means that customers still have a choice of six colours,
which enable a total of twelve colour combinations in conjunction with the
two colours for the tridion safety cell. New sporty six-spoke alloy wheels
in titanium silver measuring 175/55 R 15 at the front and 195/50 R 15 at
the rear are optionally available. The new alloy wheels are also available
in a chrome look as an accessory product.
Interior features new highlights
To match the new "rally red" paintwork the colour "design red" has now been
updated and harmonised for the upholstery and fabric elements in the interior
of the passion line. A redesigned instrument cluster with an enhanced LCD
display will be an eye-catching feature on the instrument panel in future.
The fuel gauge is now positioned centrally at the bottom and is supplemented
by a permanently displayed digital clock and exterior temperature indicator.
Further new equipment details include net pockets in the doors on the driver
and passenger side which offer greater storage space. The updated smart fortwo
models can be ordered from smart dealers now.
The descriptions and information apply to the international smart model range
and may vary from country to country.