The next-generation Smart Fortwo Electric Drive will be $1,200 cheaper than the outgoing model.
Priced from $24,550 including destination when it arrives this summer, the 2017 Smart Fortwo Electric Drive will also be available as a convertible for $28,750 (both prices excludes federal and state incentives). The automaker says at launch, the Smart Fortwo Electric Drive Cabrio will be the only electric drive convertible on the market.
The new model features a 96-cell lithium-ion high-voltage battery, compared to the 93-cell unit in its predecessor. Battery capacity remains the same at 17.6 kWh, but the motor has been updated to an air-cooled, three-phase electric motor providing 80 horsepower and 118 pound-feet of torque. The previous Smart Fortwo Electric Drive featured 74 hp and 96 lb-ft of torque.
There is also a new, powerful 7-kW on-board charger that’s standard, an improvement over the previous 3.3-kW unit. Smart says in the U.S., charging time is an estimated 2.5 hours, which is about twice as fast compared to the previous model. Both models have an estimated driving range of approximately 70 to 80 miles. The new motor also increases top speed to 81 mph from 78 mph.
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The Smart Fortwo Coupe will be offered in Pure, Passion and Prime trims, while the Cabrio gets Passion and Prime only. Buyers can also choose the exclusive Electric Green tridion cell color, as well as the optional Climate Package that includes heated seats, a heated steering wheel and additional insulation for climate control, comfort and efficiency.
Additional standard features on the 2017 Smart Fortwo Electric Drive include cruise control and battery warranty.
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