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First Oz drive: Smart offers more

Plenty of The ForFour has the familiar Smart body treatment and a cheeky

Five-door ForFour moves toward the mainstream

29 October

By TIM BRITTEN

THE Smart brand closer to the mainstream with its new which goes on sale in this week after previewed at the recent Australian Motor Show in Sydney.

A development between DaimlerChrysler and the new car takes the Smart brand on an step that will if all goes according to plan imprint it on the Australian psyche as a presence in the new-car market.

New-car shoppers are likely to be challenged with the new Smart they were with the rear-engined Fortwo roadster to a certain extent, the cabriolet introduced here early in

Although it has the Smart DNA of distinctive compact size and outstanding economy, the ForFour, in a lot of ways, with familiar small-car It uses a front-drive, transverse and a conventional five-door hatchback that is more compact say, a Nissan Pulsar.

The is in the styling, the amount of safety incorporated into the package and the it is powered by two minuscule, but quite 1.3 and 1.5-litre four-cylinder engines.

The latest Smart also safety aspects unusual at price level, including ABS and stability control as standard.

director for the Mercedes-Benz Car Group of Australia/Pacific, Horst Von Sanden, the ForFour would add credibility to the encouraging buyers to take it as a presence in the small-car market.

The has so far proceeded quietly in Australia, deliveries since the 2003 totalling 565 vehicles, 55 per cent of were coupes, 25 per cent and 20 per cent cabriolet.

Importantly, the of ForFour brings a repositioning of Smart vehicles, with the level ForTwo coupe now at $19,900, the cabriolet at $22,900 and the at $34,900.

The ForFour is equipped at one basic which is a slightly enhanced of the Pulse model sold

The buyer, however, gets to between 1.3 and 1.5-litre engines the former tagged at $23,900 and the $25,900. These prices are below what the German wanted and were only at after serious haggling by in Australia.

The ForFour is a close of the Mitsubishi Colt, although the says there is little in in terms of basic body The engines are the same, except versions develop a little power #8211; 70kW and for the 1.3, 80kW and 145Nm for the

Two transmissions are also available a conventional five-speed manual or a clutchless transmission that can be via paddles on the steering wheel.

its more mainstream design, the is aimed at quite a different to that conquested by Pulsar, Astra and Lancer. The company it as a classless car, with more likely to come the likes of Mini and, to a extent, the Volkswagen Beetle.

certainly more practical either. Interior space is good considering the compact and it proves to be quite a handy carrier, too #8211; particularly if the Echo-style variable back adjustments are employed.

Equipment levels are essentially the whether the 1.3 or 1.5-litre engine is and includes dual front and airbags, alloy wheels a space-saver spare), power windows, air-conditioning, CD player and locking. The 1.5-litre version a little more, including a steering wheel, trip and an upgraded sound system.

The has the familiar Smart multi-colour treatment #8211; if you want it and a cheeky style that is a departure from common even if it isn#8217;t as radical as the

Like the ForTwo, it offers an bewildering range of colour achieved by varying the shades on various thermoplastic panels.

The expects to sell about 300 in 2005, accompanied by 150 each of and roadster models.

This is a drop in the ocean if you consider the 2000 annual sales when the upcoming Mercedes-Benz SUV Smart comes in 2006.

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