The arrival of EQ badging signifies the end of all but electric power for the new Smart range, which will continue to feature the #Fortwo in both #Coupe and #Cabriolet guises, and the four door Forfour.
Externally, the new smart#car has endured the mildest of facelifts, basically comprising added blobbiness and a bafflingly vast radiator grille now sufficiently enlarged to suggest the rumbling presence of an air-hungry V8 within.
It really is a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it refresh – at least until you get around the back. Up front are tweaked headlamps, which now incorporate the front indicators, a more prominent grille – that’s either smiling or gurning depending upon your perspective – and a wider front bumper with neat air-smoothing slots in the outer edges.
Round the back the changes are far fewer, but the glitzy tail lamps smack a little of being aftermarket specials. Elsewhere there are new alloy wheel designs and a fresh palette of colours for both the bodywork and Smart’s hallmark Tridion exoskeleton.
Successively swish grades add goodies such as larger wheels, a panoramic sunroof, #LED headlamps, heated leather seats and, for Edition One variants, pointless #Brabus trim.