In the wake of the successful Smart #1 and Smart #3 models, the automotive world is abuzz with anticipation for the impending arrival of the Smart #2 and Smart #4. While enthusiasts and potential buyers will need to exercise some patience, the wait promises to be well worth it.
According to a report from the esteemed French automotive portal L'Argus, the Smart #2 is poised to hit the streets in 2025, taking up the mantle as the successor to the beloved Smart Fortwo. L'Argus suggests that the Smart #4, slated for a 2026 release, will be a compact electric car designed to fill the void left by the Mercedes-Benz A-Class.
Notably, even as these new Smart vehicles are expected to be notably larger than their iconic city-oriented predecessors, the brand remains committed to its minimalist roots. The Smart #2 is set to maintain its two-seater configuration, with the possibility of minor dimensional adjustments to enhance practicality. In terms of design, it could bear resemblance to the Vision EQ Fortwo concept, which was unveiled in 2017.
The production of the current Smart Fortwo is slated to cease next year, marking a significant shift in manufacturing location. The successor will no longer be assembled in Europe but will instead find its home in China. Geely, the Chinese automotive giant with equal ownership in Smart alongside Mercedes-Benz, already sells the electric Panda Mini under its Geometry brand. Speculation from L'Argus suggests that the upcoming Smart #2 might utilize the same platform as the Panda Mini, potentially leading to a more cost-effective electric car compared to its predecessor.
Looking ahead to 2026, Smart has ambitious plans for the Smart #4. While details are scant at this stage, it is confirmed that the vehicle will belong to the C-segment. This battery electric vehicle (BEV) will reportedly draw inspiration from the #1 and #3 models but will not be based on Mercedes' MMA platform. The aim is clear: to position the Smart #4 as a contender in the competitive C-segment, directly challenging models such as the MG4, Renault Mégane E-Tech, Volkswagen ID.3, and others.
As Smart prepares to roll out these exciting new additions to its lineup, the automotive industry is poised for a fresh wave of innovation and competition in the compact car market. Stay tuned for further updates as the future of Smart unfolds.