And by "teases," we mean, "shows the whole car on video."
It's official: The next-generation Smart Electric Drive will debut at next week's Paris Motor Show. The company just released this teaser video showing the new car, its "ED" badge prominently displayed. And while we don't have any final details just yet (stay tuned), there's a lot we already know.
We took a ride in a Smart ED prototype earlier this year, and came to the conclusion that "it’s clear that there’s a real EV future for Smart." The unfinished test cars we rode in felt hilariously fun from the passenger seat – we expect the new ED to be kind of a hoot to drive. Smart officials are still mum on the specifics, but we hear the new car will offer "more power and a little more mileage” than the current-generation ForTwo Electric Drive, which produces 74 horsepower, 96 pound-feet of torque, and can go about 75 miles (121 kilometres) on a full charge.
Speaking of charging, that act should get a lot quicker with this second-generation car. Officials told us the new car should be able to fully charge in under three hours from a Level 2 charger. That's under half the charge time of the current car, which takes about six hours. What's more, a 22-kWh onboard charger is expected to be offered, which should half the already-quicker time.
The video clearly shows that Smart will offer its Electric Drive powertrain on the ForTwo Coupe, Cabriolet, and not-for-U.S. (nor Canada) ForFour. That means the entire Smart range can be had with a gasoline or electric powertrain – pretty cool, considering most automakers only offer their EV variants in just one body style.
Look for the official information to be released very soon. In the meantime, watch the video above to see the trio of electric Smarts that we'll see firsthand in Paris next week.