New smart roadster Prepares to Hit Showrooms in 2012
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The new smart roadster seems to be inspired from the forspeed concept revealed at Geneva Motor Show in March, and stays true to the 2003 original model with its distinctive low profile, while featuring modern design touches such as sculpted flanks. The chunkier five-door crossover goes back to the forfour supermini that was cut from production in 2006.The model retains smart’s trademark two-tone body, highlighting the central safety cell.
The new 4X4 has slight chances to be based on Mercedes’ new B-Klasse platform. However, the recent tie-up between Daimler and the Renault-Nissan alliance has already developed a joint rear-drive platform to be shared between the next fortwo and Renault Twingo.
Although there are no official details yet on what the new model will get under the hood, there is some comfort in knowing that since the original roadster was fueled by rear-mounted a 45/60 kW (61/82 PS) variants of the 3-cylinder turbocharged 698cc Suprex engine from Mercedes-Benz, the new Roadster can only be better.This is not the first time when the Smart Roadster has been redesigned for a comeback. There has been another attempt made in 2006, by a group called Project Kimber, who planned to sell revised versions of the car using the AC Ace badge. Unfortunately production was scheduled for 2007, but the project was swiftly dropped.
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On 4 January 2013 at 18:01 UTC, Alejandro Benito said:
2012 is over and no Smart Roadster hit any showroom
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