2016 smart fortwo cabrio, official photos and specs

Summer might be taking its last breaths but Smart is not letting that interfere with their plans

Summer might be taking its last breaths but Smart is not letting that interfere with their plans. Therefore here we are, telling you more about the new Smart fortwo cabrio.

We'll be able to see the open-top city car in the metal during this year's Frankfurt Motor Show, but until then, let's see what the Smart fortwo cabrio has to offer.

Smart opted for a fabric soft top that can be opened in twelve seconds with the push of a button, regardless of the car's speed. Moreover, the soft top can also be opened or closed from outside the vehicle, using the three-button key.

Furthermore, occupants can remove the side roof bars for what smart advertises as a "full-blown cabrio experience". The roof bars can be stored on the inside of the tailgate, but in case the weather forces you to leave it above your head, fret not.

The soft top's outer layer is made of a "lightfast polyacrylic fabric", the middle layer is in fact made of rubber, while the inner layer contains a mix of polyester and cotton. According to Smart, you don't have to worry about rain, snow or unwanted noise thanks to the soft top's total thickness of 20 mm combined with waterproof properties.

Safety-wise, Smart officials tell us the fortwo cabrio’s torsion strength was improved by 15% compared to the model it replaces. Also, the drop-top city car makes use of systems like ESP with Crosswind Assist and Hill Assist, along with the optional Forward Collision Warning and Lane Keeping Assist.

Two engines are available for the Smart fortwo cabrio along with two transmission choices. Clients can therefore opt for a 1.0-liter three-cylinder mill with 71 horsepower or a 0.9-liter unit with 90 horsepower, both working in tandem with either a five-speed manual gearbox or a twinamic automatic dual clutch transmission.

Combined fuel consumption is advertised at 4,3 l/100 km and according to the company, the new fortwo cabrio will be available for ordering from mid-November, so we expect the first batch of cars to reach dealerships in February 2016.