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smart fortwo cabriolet: Frankfurt Auto Show

author photo by Doug DeMuro September 2015

What Is It?

The smart fortwo cabriolet is an open-top version of the recently redesigned smart fortwo. Although the fortwo cabriolet's arrival is hardly a shock to smart fans, drivers interested in an open-roof city car will find the latest smart to be a welcome addition to the brand's lineup.

On the outside, the fortwo cabriolet boasts a totally new look that's in line with the styling of the recently redesigned 2016 smart fortwo. While the car's general profile remains the same, updates include new headlights and taillights, a rounder body, a new grille and other subtle -- but noticeable -- revisions. Inside, the new fortwo cabriolet also boasts all the new model's updates, including a redesigned version of just about everything -- from the gauge cluster and the steering wheel to the infotainment system to the climate-control vents.

Although European smart models will see two engine options, we expect the new cabriolet to come with just an 89-horsepower 0.9-liter turbocharged 3-cylinder -- shared with the hatchback -- when it makes its U.S. debut. New features include lane-departure warning, lane-keep assist, forward-collision warning and a novel crosswind-assist feature that can help you battle strong winds.

And what about that roof? Like the current model, the newly redesigned fortwo cabriolet uses a folding canvas soft-top that can slide back like a targa roof. Capable of being opened just slightly or all the way (in just 12 seconds), the power soft-top will be offered in three colors: black, blue denim or red.

How Much?

Although smart hasn't announced U.S. pricing for the fortwo cabriolet, we expect it will start close to the current model's MSRP of around $19,000 with shipping.

When Can You Get It?

Summer 2016

Add It to Your Shopping List Because...

Although the old smart fortwo never earned rave reviews for its driving experience, the new model looks to change that. Boasting a new engine and a new transmission, the latest smart is a better place to spend time than its predecessor -- and we happen to like the new styling, too. Add that to a reasonable base price and an updated list of options, and the new smart fortwo cabriolet becomes a serious contender for drivers interested in a city car with an open roof.

Other Cars to Consider

2015 FIAT 500c -- FIAT's subcompact 500 also offers an open roof with variable settings, and it touts a handsome interior. It's priced a little higher than the fortwo, but it boasts the additional benefit of four seats.

2015 MINI Cooper Convertible -- Slated for an upcoming redesign, the Cooper Convertible is a lot more expensive than the smart fortwo, but it's more powerful, roomier and more fun to drive -- and it offers a more luxurious interior.

2015 Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet -- Although the Beetle loses the smart's city-car feel to a larger design, shoppers who don't need the small size may prefer the Beetle's throwback styling. The Beetle also offers more room, though it comes at a higher cost.

Used Mazda MX-5 Miata -- In the world of 2-seater convertibles, the Miata reigns supreme as the most enjoyable new sports car. It's also not much bigger than the fortwo, and it touts excellent gas mileage, but you'll have to consider a used one to match the smart's price.

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