Daimler Smart Cars to get Diesel and Hybrid Powertrains
In brief: Daimler says that the Smart brand of vehicles will see new offerings in its lineup, including a diesel and hybrid-electric version of the diminutive cars.
Vehicle in the news
Make/Model: ForTwo / ForFour
Manufacturer: Smart (Daimler)
As speculated when we showed the announcement that Daimler and Renault-Nissan were now working together, the first to reap the rewards may be Daimler's Smart brand.
The tiny ForTwo model will see a possible diesel variant as well as a hybrid-electric based on Renault's research. In addition, the car will undergo a few modifications to make it more modular and Daimler may resurrect the ForFour 4-door model.
The new design will come in 2012 along with these new powertrains, though Daimler has not announced which engine or even where the models will be available. A Smart model with a TDI engine, however, could get 50+mpg easily.
And so ...
Very interesting news for these cars.
Photo credits: Daimler
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