Smart Forfour For U.S.?
With U.S. orders pouring in for its miniscule smart fortwo, Mercedes is wishing it hadn't cut the larger forfour from production. At the Detroit Auto Show, Benz honcho Rainer Schmückle revealed that a second-gen forfour was in consideration, although the decision hadn't been made to brand it as a smart or a Merc. Now MotorAuthority is showing a Schulte Design rendering of a potential successor to the forfour. Whereas the original was a reskinned Mitsubishi Colt with a conventional front-engine front-drive setup, this rendering suggests that the new model will be a stretched fortwo… rear engine and all. Don't take the rendering as gospel though, MB could well be pursuing other options. After all, pushing four passengers with a three-cylinder engine doesn't sound very… American.
More by Edward Niedermeyer