Pricing and update information for the 2017 Smart Fortwo electric drive coupe and cabrio is finally out. The coupe will start at $24,550, the cabrio at $28,750. Both prices are before any local EV incentives or rebates are applied. This is a $1,200 drop from the outgoing model — not a huge chunk of change but still welcome. More pertinent than the price for fans of Mercedes’ small EV are the technical updates to the coupe and cabrio.
The 2017 model offers a more powerful electric motor, faster AC charging time and a longer range
Will the Smart Fortwo’s max range of 80 miles still be relevant in 2017? In short time, the Fortwo will face competition from a new and updated Nissan Leaf, with the $35,000 Tesla Model 3 also expected to upstage the Fortwo and perhaps just about everything else that’s electric and that will land on store shelves this year. The small EV will face stiffer competition from the Chevy Bolt and the Nissan Leaf than it will from the 215-mile Model 3, but Mercedes is realistic about the niche the Fortwo occupies: purely urban electric driving with about half the footprint of other EVs. We’ll see if this will be enough in the (pardon the pun) long run, but Mercedes is still restricted by the Fortwo’s size — a significantly larger battery just isn’t in the cards.
The 2017 Fortwo EV will be on sale this summer.