New Smart Brabus models revealed

First details of the new, sportier Smart Brabus city cars have been revealed ahead of their Beijing debut

Smart has announced that the new Smart ForTwo Brabus will make its public debut at the Beijing Motor Show. The Smart ForTwo coupe and cabriolet, plus the Smart ForFour will all get the Brabus treatment, with prices being announced in July when the ForTwo Brabus coupe goes on sale. First deliveries of the car are expected in September.

The three cars follow on from the original Smart Brabus editions and get a mild power increase, a slightly sportier driving experience and a host of styling tweaks.

As with the original versions, Smart and Brabus (a German tuning company famous for building powerful Mercedes variants) have worked in partnership on these models, so they will be covered by the standard manufacturer warranty and can be serviced at standard Smart dealerships. As well as the standard Brabus versions, there will also be a Brabus Xclusive range, which adds even more equipment.

Despite Brabus’ reputation for its work with Mercedes cars, its changes to Smart’s cars focus more on styling than huge power increases.

The cars get extended wheel arches, unique alloy wheels and a matt grey rear diffuser. There are also chrome-look exhaust tips and extra grippy tyres. Inside, all models come with the Cool & Audio Package, which adds climate control, as well as an upgraded stereo and media package that includes Bluetooth connectivity and optimised connectivity for Android and Apple smartphone users.

Brabus Xclusive models feature leather-upholstered sports seats, an upgraded Brabus dashboard and instrument cluster, Brabus floor mats and Xclusive badges dotted around the car. You also get the LED & Sensor package that adds automatic halogen headlights, LED daytime running lights, front fog lights and automatic wipers. These models come with heated front seats and ForFour models come with a cargo box for the rear seats.

Although most of the upgrades are visual, the Brabus Smart models do get a slight increase in power. The turbocharged 0.9-litre three-cylinder petrol engine now comes with 108bhp, which sends its power to the rear wheels via a six-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox. This is enough to get the ForTwo from 0-62mph in 9.5 seconds, while the heavier ForFour takes 10.5 seconds.

Brabus has also stiffened the suspension to give a sportier driving experience and fettled the electric power steering for sharper, quicker responses.

There’s no official word yet on UK pricing, but we do know that in continental Europe the range will start at €19,710 for the ForTwo coupe, with the Xclusive models costing around €3,000 extra. British pricing will be announced in July, with first models arriving in showrooms in September this year.

Recommended

Special edition cars: the best, worst and weirdest
Jeep Cherokee SUV
15 Dec 2020

Special edition cars: the best, worst and weirdest

New Smart electric SUV set for 2022 launch
Smart SUV styling preview
Smart
3 Feb 2021

New Smart electric SUV set for 2022 launch

Most Popular

New Toyota GR86 unveiled
2021 Toyota GR86 - front 3/4 view
Toyota
6 Apr 2021

New Toyota GR86 unveiled

Best new car deals 2021
i20
Deals
9 Apr 2021

Best new car deals 2021

New Skoda Kodiaq unveiled for 2021
2021 Skoda Kodiaq Sportline static
Skoda Kodiaq
13 Apr 2021

New Skoda Kodiaq unveiled for 2021

Tips & advice

View All
Car dashboard warning lights: the complete guide
Car dashboard symbols and meanings
Tips and advice
13 Apr 2021

Car dashboard warning lights: the complete guide

Electric car charging stations: a complete guide
Tips and advice
10 Nov 2020

Electric car charging stations: a complete guide

PCP vs HP – what's the difference?
Tips and Advice
23 Mar 2020

PCP vs HP – what's the difference?

Average speed cameras: how do they work?
Average speed cameras: how do they work?
Tips and advice
24 Feb 2021

Average speed cameras: how do they work?

Best cars

View All
Best car interiors
Best cars
10 Mar 2020

Best car interiors

Best electric cars
Best cars
24 Dec 2020

Best electric cars

Best cheap-to-run cars
Toyota Prius front 3/4 cornering
Best cars
1 Feb 2021

Best cheap-to-run cars

The UK's top 10 fastest hot hatchbacks
Hot hatches
9 Apr 2020

The UK's top 10 fastest hot hatchbacks