2018 Smart fortwo electric drive

2018 Smart fortwo electric drive
2018 Smart fortwo electric drive

2018 Smart fortwo electric drive


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  • Drive Train: Rear Wheel Drive
  • Passengers: 2
  • Doors: 2

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Specifications for 2018 Smart fortwo electric drive

Standard Equipment

  • Safety Options
    • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
    • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
    • Side Impact Beams
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
    • Low Tire Pressure Warning
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
    • Curtain 1st Row Airbags
    • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
    • Driver And Passenger Knee Airbag
    • First Aid Kit
    • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Pretensioners
    • Back-Up Camera
  • Entertainment Features
    • 1 LCD Monitor In The Front
    • Fixed Antenna
    • Audio Theft Deterrent
    • 2 Speakers
    • Radio w/Seek-Scan, Clock, Steering Wheel Controls and Radio Data System
    • Radio: smart Audio System -inc: AUX/USB interface, Bluetooth hands-free calling and audio streaming
  • Exterior Features
    • Wheels: 15" Steel in Silver w/Full Wheel Caps
    • Tires: 165/65R15 Front & 185/60R15 Rear AS
    • Spare Tire Mobility Kit
    • Clearcoat Paint
    • Body-Colored Front Bumper
    • Body-Colored Rear Bumper
    • Black Side Windows Trim
    • Black Door Handles
    • Manual Side Mirrors w/Manual Folding
    • Flip-Up Rear Window w/Fixed Interval Wiper and Defroster
    • Light Tinted Glass
    • Speed Sensitive Fixed Interval Wipers
    • Composite/Galvanized Steel Panels
    • Lip Spoiler
    • Black Grille w/Metal-Look Surround
    • Tailgate Rear Cargo Access
    • Tailgate/Rear Door Lock Included w/Power Door Locks
    • LED Daytime Running Lamps
    • Auto Off Aero-Composite Halogen Headlamps
    • Rear Fog Lamps
  • Interior Features
    • Bucket Seats -inc: fold down passenger seat
    • 4-Way Driver Seat -inc: Manual Recline and Fore/Aft Movement
    • 4-Way Passenger Seat -inc: Manual Recline and Fore/Aft Movement
    • Gauges -inc: Speedometer, Odometer, Traction Battery Level, Power/Regen, Trip Odometer and Trip Computer
    • Sport Steering Wheel
    • Front Cupholder
    • Power Fuel Flap Locking Type
    • Remote Keyless Entry w/Integrated Key Transmitter, Illuminated Entry and Panic Button
    • Cruise Control
    • Automatic Air Conditioning
    • Locking Glove Box
    • Driver Foot Rest
    • Interior Trim -inc: Metal-Look Instrument Panel Insert, Metal-Look Door Panel Insert, Metal-Look Console Insert, Metal-Look Interior Accents and Cloth Upholstered Dashboard
    • Cloth Door Trim Insert
    • Leather Gear Shift Knob
    • Upholstery Fabric
    • Day-Night Rearview Mirror
    • Passenger Visor Vanity Mirror
    • Partial Floor Console and 1 12V DC Power Outlet
    • Fade-To-Off Interior Lighting
    • Full Carpet Floor Covering -inc: Carpet Front Floor Mats
    • Carpet Floor Trim
    • Cargo Area Concealed Storage
    • Cargo Features -inc: Spare Tire Mobility Kit
    • FOB Controls -inc: Rear Window Only
    • Smart Device Integration
    • pure base upholstery
    • Instrument Panel Covered Bin, Interior Concealed Storage, Driver And Passenger Door Bins
    • Power 1st Row Windows w/Driver And Passenger 1-Touch Up/Down
    • Power Door Locks w/Autolock Feature
    • Redundant Digital Speedometer
    • Trip Computer
    • Outside Temp Gauge
    • Digital/Analog Display
    • Seats w/Carpet Back Material
    • Fixed Front Head Restraints
    • Driver And Front Passenger Armrests
    • Alarm System
    • Engine Immobilizer
    • 1 12V DC Power Outlet
    • Air Filtration
  • Mechanical Features
    • Engine: Zytek Permanent Magnet Motor
    • Transmission: Single Speed
    • Rear-Wheel Drive
    • Gas-Pressurized Shock Absorbers
    • Front Anti-Roll Bar
    • Electric Power-Assist Steering
    • Strut Front Suspension w/Coil Springs
    • Other Rear Suspension w/Coil Springs
    • Regenerative Front Disc/Rear Drum Brakes w/4-Wheel ABS, Brake Assist and Hill Hold Control
    • Lithium Ion Traction Battery w/7.2 kW Onboard Charger, 13 Hrs Charge Time @ 110/120V and 2.5 Hrs Charge Time @ 220/240V

Tech Specs

  • Brakes Features
    • Brake Type - Front Disc/Rear Drum
    • Brake ABS System - 4-Wheel
    • Disc - Front (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 11
    • Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 8
    • Drum - Rear (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Rear Drum Diam x Width (in) - 8
  • Engine Features
    • Engine Type - Electric
    • SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM - 80
    • SAE Net Torque @ RPM - 118
  • Exterior Dimensions Features
    • Wheelbase (in) - 73.7
    • Length, Overall (in) - 106.1
    • Height, Overall (in) - 61.2
    • Tread Width, Front (in) - 57.8
    • Tread Width, Rear (in) - 56.3
  • Interior Dimensions Features
    • Passenger Capacity - 2
  • Mileage Features
    • EPA MPG Equivalent - City (N/A) - 124
    • EPA MPG Equivalent - Hwy (N/A) - 94
    • EPA MPG Equivalent - Combined (N/A) - 108
    • Battery Range (mi) - 58
  • Steering Features
    • Steering Type - Rack-Pinion
    • Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) - 22.8
  • Summary Features
    • Vehicle Name - smart fortwo electric drive
    • Body Style - Coupe
  • Suspension Features
    • Suspension Type - Front - Strut
    • Suspension Type - Rear - Other
    • Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) - Strut
    • Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) - Other
  • Tires Features
    • Front Tire Size - P165/65TR15
    • Rear Tire Size - P185/60TR15
  • Transmission Features
    • Drivetrain - Rear Wheel Drive
    • Trans Type - 1
    • Trans Description Cont. - Automatic
  • Vehicle Features
    • EPA Classification - Two-Seaters
  • Weight Information Features
    • Base Curb Weight (lbs) - 2363
  • Wheels Features
    • Front Wheel Size (in) - 15 X 5
    • Rear Wheel Size (in) - 15 X 5.5
    • Front Wheel Material - Steel
    • Front Wheel Material - Aluminum
    • Rear Wheel Material - Steel
    • Rear Wheel Material - Aluminum

2018 Smart fortwo electric drive Photos & Colors


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Available Colors

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  • Autumn Brown Metallic Black Black-to-Yellow Metallic Cool Silver Metallic EAI EAZ EBC ECA ECF EDA EDB EDD EDE EDF Lava Orange Metallic Midnight Blue Metallic Moon White Matte Red Titania Grey Matte White
  • Autumn Brown Metallic
  • Black
  • Black-to-Yellow Metallic
  • Cool Silver Metallic
  • EAI
  • EAZ
  • EBC
  • ECA
  • ECF
  • EDA
  • EDB
  • EDD
  • EDE
  • EDF
  • Lava Orange Metallic
  • Midnight Blue Metallic
  • Moon White Matte
  • Red
  • Titania Grey Matte
  • White

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For the 2018 model year, every Smart fortwo model runs on electricity alone. In that battery-only respect, the minicar emulates Tesla, but at the other end of the price and size spectrum.

Gasoline-powered Smart two-seaters were previously available, but sagging sales prompted Mercedes-Benz, its parent company, to abandon that powertrain and turn strictly to battery power. So, all 2018 Smart fortwo models are electric cars.

Coupe and a soft-top Cabrio versions are available in the newly simplified lineup. A 10th Anniversary package is offered.

Three trim levels are offered: Pure, Passion, and Prime.

A 60-kilowatt, 80-horsepower electric motor powers the Smart fortwo. Developing 118 pound-feet of torque, a significant increase over last year, it drives the rear wheels via a single-speed transmission. Rated 17.6 kilowatt-hours, the lithium-ion battery pack sits beneath the passenger compartment.

With the onboard 7.2-kW charger, a full charge takes 3 hours. Although the Smart Company claims a range of 70 to 80 miles before recharging is needed, the EPA estimate is lower than 60 miles.

Redesigned for the 2016 model year, the fortwo retains its status as the easiest U.S.-market car to park on crowded streets. With electric drive, the Smart car becomes what it should have been all along: quirky, with limitations, but smooth, quiet, and eager to zip around town.

On the downside, few active-safety features are available, and up-to-date crash-test data has not yet been revealed. While the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration awarded the 2017 gasoline version four stars overall, that federal agency specifically avoided the electric model. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2017 Smart car only two ratings: both Good, for side-impact and moderate-overlap frontal crash tests.

Smart cars are built with an extremely stiff safety cell. Eight airbags and a rearview camera are standard. Crosswind Assist can brake and steer the car automatically, to counteract gusty conditions. Newer electronic safety systems, such as automatic emergency braking and lane-departure warning, are not available.

Built in France, Smart models are eligible for a federal income-tax credit up to $7,500, a $2,500 rebate in California, and various other state, local, and corporate incentives. Still, the fortwo ranks as basic compared to electric cars that cost only slightly more.


Smart fortwo Pure Coupe ($23,900) comes with automatic climate control, power windows, cruise control, LED running lights, Bluetooth streaming, and 15-inch steel wheels. (Prices are MSRP and do not include destination charge.)

Passion Coupe ($25,390) gets a stylish two-tone interior, plus a leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated power mirrors, and a retractable cargo cover.

Passion Cabrio ($28,100) features a fabric roof.

Prime Coupe ($26,740) and Cabrio ($29,100) upgrade with silver-colored trim, accent stitching on black leather seat upholstery, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. Also standard are a panoramic sunroof, LED lighting, foglamps, heated seats, and rain sensing.

A 10th Anniversary Edition package for Passion or Prime Coupes includes Sapphire Blue Metallic paint, plus BRABUS floor mats, shift knob, and 16-inch grey wheels.


Despite its minuscule 8.8-foot length, the fortwo exudes a degree of road presence when viewed from the front. Comparatively tall and slab-sided, the Smart car leads off with a snub nose and retains what some might call a cheeky demeanor.

The Tridion safety cell, which outlines the body structure, is available in contrasting colors. A small, fixed glass pane sits at the rear of each door, while door handles fit into a beltline bulge.

Cabrio convertibles come with a power-operated, roll-back fabric roof. Currently, the fortwo Cabrio is the only soft-top electric car sold in the U.S. Removing the door-top beams strengthens the open-air sensation a bit, though the roll bar remains in place.


Two Smart occupants can expect comfortable seating, though luggage space is limited. Seat cushions may be a tad short for longer-legged occupants, but headroom should satisfy even those who top 6 feet. Seating positions are high and upright.

As its name indicates, the fortwo, lacking a back seat, cannot accept a third passenger of any size.

Though basic and simple, the cabin is essentially modern, not nearly as utilitarian in tone as early Smart cars. A small gauge cluster contains the speedometer around its circumference. The tachometer sits within a dashboard-top pod. A central display contains knobs and dials, along with a small video screen.

Above the rear-mounted electric motor, a cargo bay holds 9.2 cubic feet. That’s more than a Mini Cooper. A retractable cargo cover can be removed and stowed ahead of the rather high load floor.

Door inserts and the dashboard are covered by coarse-grained fabric. Interior trim includes hard plastic components. Outward visibility is good, but nfotainment and smartphone integration are weak spots.

Driving Impressions

Ease of parking, as demonstrated in TV commercials, is the Smart car’s most compelling feature, apart from its thrifty and smooth electric drive system. A tight turning circle (22.8 feet) makes for startlingly nimble urban behavior. No other car can whip into tiny parking spots with such ease, or make U-turns, where permitted, in such narrow spaces. Maneuverability and agility are hard to beat.

Front fender wells are deeper than those in pre-2016 models, allowing sharper wheel angles. Overall width is 4 inches greater than in the past, too. A low-mounted battery pack makes the center of gravity appropriately low. Even at highway speeds, the 2018 Smart car feels confident and secure. With either 15- or 16-inch tires, the fortwo grips the pavement well.

A substantial torque increase in the electric motor for 2018 makes highway driving more feasible, though the Smart car still functions best as a capable urban contender. Highway acceleration is still on the sluggish side. Charging time is reasonably short (3 hours or less); but naturally, regular access to a charging station is mandatory.

Despite its short wheelbase, the Smart fortwo promises decent ride comfort, with a suspension that absorbs most pavement imperfections. On most surfaces, the ride is surprisingly smooth and quiet.

As for operating cost, the battery-powered Smart fortwo Coupe is EPA-rated at 124/94 MPGe (equivalent miles per gallon) City/Highway, or 108 MPGe Combined. The Cabrio rating drops to 112/91/102 MPGe. Range is EPA-rated at 58 miles (57 for the Cabrio), though the company claims 70-80 miles.


Parking ease and urban agility might make the Smart car tempting. So might the smoothness and efficiency of its electric drive. Assembly quality is good, and plenty of options are available. Otherwise, it’s essentially basic transportation, with no back seat and a quirk or two to contend with.

Driving impressions by The Car Connection. James M. Flammang contributed to this report.

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