Americans and Canadians had to pour one out for microcar brand Smart earlier this year. Daimler officially announced after a decade that the pint-size cars would leave the market. But, at home in Europe, the Smart car lives on. On Thursday, Smart debuted the next-generation EQ Fortwo and EQ Forfour models. Following up on Smart’s promise to end internal-combustion engines, these two cars are totally electric and give us a look at what North Americans will miss out on — even though Smart has sold under 100 cars per month in the US through the majority of this year so far in the US. The EQ Fortwo is the closest to what Americans will remember as the Smart car. The smiling face remains, though it’s been chiseled in a new fashion with fancier LED lights and a body-color grille. The Smart emblem is gone, too, in favor of spelled-out badging. From the rear, this is still very much a Smart, but the fancy taillight treatment does spice things up a bit. It’s hard for me to fall in love with the Fortwo’s proportions, however. You either love it or hate it, but at least the car owns it. The interior moves more digital than ever with an 8-inch touchscreen in the center of the console. Not only does it provide the connective neurocenter for the car, it works seamlessly with a driver’s smartphone. The user interface automatically mirrors the paired smartphone, and whenever a software upgrade is ready for the… [Read full story]
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