The new Smart Fortwo Cabriolet has been revealed ahead of its world debut at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show on September 15.
As before, the Fortwo Cabriolet has a three-stage roof, dubbed tritop: the soft-top section electrically turns from closed to open by sliding fully rearwards to sit just above the rear tail lights…
… But the side roof bars can also be removed and stowed in a special section in the flip-down bootlid, creating what Smart calls the only true cabriolet in the sector.
The roof, which opens in 12 seconds, comes in red, black or an interesting-sounding blue denim.
Using a key on the remote keyfob, it can also be operated from outside.
Smart says the roof is 4% larger than the old car, of which an impressive 220,000 were sold. It’s also been tested to the same standards used by Mercedes-Benz cars.
The firm proudly points to some of the tests it’s undertaken:
- 20,000-cycle endurance test for opening and closing the roof
- Functionality between -15 and +80 degrees C proven
- Abuse test: opening a fully-iced roof at -40 degrees C
- 500-cycle anti-leak car wash test
The new Smart Fortwo Cabriolet will initially be offered with either the 1.0-litre or 0.9-litre turbo engines from the coupe: a diesel version will follow later.
Following the car’s launch at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, ordering will open towards the end of the year and deliveries will begin in February 2016.