2011 Smart Fortwo Preview

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The Smart brand has enjoyed modest success in the U.S. since its launch here back in 2007 but with a lack of any new models or updates, the oddly-designed minicar brand has fallen largely off the radar of late. That’s all about to change as a facelifted 2011 Smart Fortwo has just been revealed ahead of its debut at the 2010 Paris Auto Show in September.

The car should arrive in the U.S. shortly after, complete with a fresh interior look, an upgraded exterior and even more environmentally friendly engines. The range of colors available for the exterior have been expanded and are complemented by new LED daytime running lights, new alloy wheel designs and more customization options.

Inside, there are new trim options and a revised dashboard, as well as a new communication and entertainment system integrating navigation, Bluetooth connectivity, USB and AUX ports and an interface for controlling an iPod. There’s even an optional surround sound system for the tiny urban runabout.

The Smart Fortwo’s engine lineup has also been updated, with all powerplants now working more efficiently than ever before. The cdi turbodiesel is rated at 54 horsepower, while the mhd gasoline model comes in with 60 horsepower and the regular gasoline model with 83 horsepower.

U.S. specifications and details should be announced closer to launch, later this year.

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