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2017 Smart Fortwo Electric Drive Gets Price Cut

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 5/22/2017 Motor Trend Staff

The Smart Fortwo Electric Drive Coupe will start at $24,550 and the convertible version will start at $28,750, excluding federal and state incentives. The coupe's pricing is $1,200 lower than the outgoing model.

According to its maker, the Smart Electric Drive Cabrio will be the "only electric drive convertible on the market" at the time of its summer launch. This model keeps its same pricing from the previous generation.

Smart says the new Fortwo models' batteries will reach full charge in an estimated three hours, half the time of the outgoing generation using a 240-volt charger. An 80 percent charge will come in an estimated 2.5 hours, two hours shorter than the previous version. Range also increases from 68 miles to an estimated 70-80 miles, the automaker says. The new electric Fortwos pack more powerful 7-kilowatt onboard chargers as well.

2017 Smart Fortwo Electric Drive rear side© Motor Trend Staff 2017 Smart Fortwo Electric Drive rear side

New models also receive some performance gains. The motor gains 6 hp to make a total of 80 hp, and torque output rises by 22 lb-ft to a total of 118 lb-ft. Zero-to-60 mph acceleration drops to 11.4 seconds from 11.5 seconds on the coupe, but increases to 11.7 seconds for the cabrio. Top speed is a meager 81 mph, an increase over the last generation's 78 mph.

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The new generation of Smart Fortwo Electric Drive models will be available for sale at U.S. dealerships in the summer. After the 2017 model year, Smart will stop offering gas-powered cars in the U.S., leaving theElectric Drive models as the only options.


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