2016 Smart Fortwo Cabrio Unveiled, Makes Debut at Frankfurt Motor Show

Jodi Lai
by Jodi Lai

The 2016 smart fortwo cabrio has been unveiled and it made its public debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

The biggest update over its predecessor is that the cabrio has removable roof bars, which can turn the car into a true convertible. Previously, the retracting canvas roof acted like a giant sunroof because the top door sills remained intact, but the new model can give drivers a true convertible experience. If drivers want, they can also leave the roof bars in place if they prefer the giant sunroof feel. The roof bars can be stowed in a special compartment in the tailgate.

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The canvas top can fully retract in 12 seconds and can be operated even when the car is at speed. The soft top can also be opened from the outside of the car using the keyfob.

The cabrio’s torsional strength has been increased by 15 percent over its predecessor and gets more reinforcement than the coupe model.

The rear-engined cabrio will come with the same powertrain options as the coupe model, offering two three-cylinder engines: a 71 hp and a 90 hp unit. A five-speed manual or dual-clutch automatic transmission will be available.

The 2016 smart fortwo cabrio will arrive in dealerships in February 2016 but ordering will be opened in mid-November.

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Jodi Lai
Jodi Lai

Jodi has been obsessed with cars since she was little and has been an automotive journalist for the past 12 years. She has a Bachelor of Journalism from Ryerson University in Toronto, is a member of the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC), and a jury member for the prestigious North American Car/Truck/Utility Vehicle of the Year (NACTOY). Besides hosting videos, and writing news, reviews and features, Jodi is the Editor-in-Chief of AutoGuide.com and takes care of the site's day-to-day operations.

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  • Jennifer Valley Jennifer Valley on Oct 20, 2015

    I HATE the new styling! It looks boxy and has lost the roundness that made it unique and cute! SOOOO BUMMED!!!! Please change it back!

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    • Willow Willow on May 19, 2017

      I kind of like it, I have a 2011, and it looks boxy, where the new style front end reminds me of the old 50's cars

  • Johnls39 . Johnls39 . on Oct 20, 2015

    If you agree that insulting and disrespecting people are your thing who does not share your opinion, you and Troy Hoyt deserve each other.

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    • Not Debating - Informing Not Debating - Informing on Oct 21, 2015

      It was a hoot chatting with you, too. Now go shove your balls into a smart car trunk and see if you can slam the back closed. :) Same to you -- have a good life!