The Smart Forfour was presented in 2004 and, unlike its "little brothers", is a more traditional 5-door hatchback supermini with a spacious dashboard, available as a four or five seater.
The vehicle was manufactured at the Nedcar factory in the Netherlands in conjunction with Mitsubishi Motors. This is the same factory that manufactured Volvo 340 vehicles in 1970s and 1980s. To save production costs, the Smart Forfour shares most of its elements with the 2003 Mitsubishi Colt. This contains the chassis, suspension and a new generation of MIVEC petrol engines, ranging from the three cylinder 1. 1 to to the four cylinder 1. 3 and 1. 5 L with performance up to 80 Kw (109 PS). The 1. 5 L cdi diesel motor, on the contrary, is a three-cylinder Mercedes-Benz motor derived from the four-cylinder of the Mercedes-Benz A-class, and is available with either 68 PS or 95 PS.
A Brabus-prepared sports version has been available since 2005. It is powered by a turbocharged Mitsubishi 4G15 motor, developing 130 Kw (177 PS), 27 PS more than its "brother", the Mitsubishi Colt CZT. It can reach a maximum speed of 221 km/h (137 mph) and accelerate up to 100 Km/h (60 mph) in 6. 9 seconds. thanks to slow sales, the Forfour has been phased out from production.
Following 267000, units of the first generation Mitsubishi Colt Mitsubishi Motors has wished to capitalize on this success and follow up with a grown-up (only ± 35% carry-over parts) but still distinctive product:more in line with the brand's identity (sharper new layout & signature Jet Fighter grille)more in line with its positioning (new 3- and 5-door Ralliart sporty models)more in line with the latest sphere trends (forthcoming 1. 1 and 1. 3 Clear Tec variants)more consistent (less distinction between Mitsubishi Colt 3-door and 5-door variants than before)more mature (perceived class, trunk flexibility, convenience features, NVH, driving dynamics).
In that sense, the next generation Mitsubishi Colt gets closer to its sharp Mitsubishi Lancer siblings introducing an look layout thoroughly refreshed by Mitsubishi Layout Europe.
Trading the Mpv-like high stance of its predecessor for a lower and wider attitude, it first strikes with the adoption of a rather in-your-face full Jet Fighter grille together with all-new body panels fore the A-pillar, all contributing to a stronger on-road presence, but also to an enhanced level of pedestrian security.