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.
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. 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.
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.
Smart is also freshening up its palette with striking new colours. The "grey metallic" and the "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.
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.