The Smart brand has officially entered a new-generation with the introduction of the 2020 ForTwo and ForFour. No, it's not because the brand has introduced an all-new model. Instead, Daimler announced that the quirky compact car will be switching to pure battery-electric powertrains across the model lineup. This effectively turns the Smart brand into an EV marque as they will no longer offer an internal-combustion engine option.
With the shift to electric power, the models now adopt the EQ name. The new models are now called the Smart EQ ForTwo, Smart EQ ForTwo Cabrio, and Smart EQ ForFour. All three are powered by the same electric powertrain. An electric motor producing 82 horsepower and 160 Nm torque powers the rear wheels with a top speed of 130 km/h. Since it is intended to be a city car, the new Smart EQ models can only travel a maximum of 159 km on a single charge with its 17.6kWh battery pack. The battery features a 22kWh charger which allows users to charge from 10 to 80 percent in under 40 minutes.
Design-wise, the new EQ ForTwo and EQ ForFour still look relatively the same as their gasoline-powered predecessors. The biggest upgrade would be the new front bumper and redesigned LED headlights. There's also a new front grill which no longer sports the Smart badge as it has been relocated to the hood. A more aggressive bumper helps give the models more character. The two and four-door models also have slightly different bumper to distinguish one apart. At the rear, Smart has also upgraded the LED taillights with a new pattern. New color options complete the exterior updates.
Inside, the familiar cabin has been retained. Smart did redesign the center console which now features a large storage compartment. Another major revision is the infotainment system with an updated user interface and an 8-inch touchscreen display.
With Smart now being a fully electric brand, it would be cool to see the new ForTwo and ForFour models roaming around the streets of Manila. It might even make good competition for other upcoming electric vehicles in the market.