New Smart Spotted Testing

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The prototype may look far from ready, but Smart is preparing its next-generation family of city cars in conjunction with Renault-Nissan for launch in the first half of 2015.

Smart is preparing the next-generation lineup of fuel-efficient city cars for launch in 2014/15, and our intrepid spy photographers have caught a prototype undergoing rigorous testing. Looking like a Frankenstein-ish amalgamation of a Renault Twingo and a Toyota iQ, the new ForTwo is expected to arrive in 2014. But while the previous Smart ForFour was a flop, Daimler is reportedly tacking another stab at it with a larger, four-door version based on the same prototype and scheduled for release by early 2015.

The Daimler brand's platform on which the new Smart model is based is also likely to serve as the basis for a Renault version (potentially the new Twingo) and possibly a Nissan model, all thanks to an augmenting partnership between Daimler and the Renault-Nissan Alliance. While the test mule pictured here wears heavy camouflage, expect the styling of the finished product to more closely reflect the design of the Smart Forstars concept showcased this week at the Paris Motor Show.

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