The newest versions of the smart fortwo and the smart forfour are just around the corner, and Daimler is set to reassure potential buyers that the diminutive hatches can take a serious hit and still allow its driver and passenger to emerge unscathed. To this end Mercedes-Benz has pitted the upcoming ForTwo hatch against one of the largest cars in the Stuttgart-based manufacturer’s lineup; the new S-class.
Mercedes-Benz set up the crash test with 50 percent overlap between the S-class and the 9-foot-long smart fortwo, with a combined impact speed of 31 mph. In creating the new fortwo, Mercedes-Benz’s parent company Daimler says that it has undergone the same development program as the vehicle it’s going up against, which in this case has more than double the curb weight of the still-small ForTwo (5,088 pounds versus 2,478 pounds). The smart fortwo has been engineered to offer the passengers an intact occupant space, and according to Daimler this has been achieved through the use of ultra-high-strength hot-formed steel and maximum-strength multiphase steel.
“Despite increased safety requirements, we have managed to retain the smart fortwo’s unique length of just 2.69 meters,” said Markus Riedel, head of development at smart. “It shares its architecture with the new ForFour. We have tailored both of the vehicles to the needs of modern-day city traffic.
The video shows the impact of the two cars but, curiously enough, does not show the details of the damage incurred, inside or out. Regardless, we know which car we’d rather be in in a crash like that.
The fortwo is set to make landfall here here in the U.S. in September of 2015, while Daimler still hasn’t decided whether to bring the new forfour to North America.