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Daimlerís redesigned smart car made its North American debut in Manhattan on the eve of the New York Auto Show.

And where better to showcase this urban runabout than the Big Apple, where space is at a premium and parking spots can be tough to come by? The new fortwo should be better in every way than its predecessor, which has been excoriated for its poorly shifting automated-manual transmission.

Thatís one of the 2016 modelís biggest improvements. Drivers now have a choice of gearbox. They can go with the carís standard five-speed manual or they can opt for a dual-clutch automatic.

The new smart is powered by a rear-mounted three-cylinder engine. Itís turbocharged and delivers 88 hp and 100 lb-ft of twist.

Beyond powertrain enhancements the new car should also feature improved comfort and better maneuverability despite a track width thatís been increased by 100 millimeters. Additionally it should be safer than before thanks to the greater use of high-strength steel.

The 2016 smart should go on sale in the U.S. this fall.
See more 2016 Smart fortwo photos at AutoGuide.com
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100 lb-ft of twist
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Should be twist-and-shout.
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100 lb-ft of twist
So much torque not even the Tridion Cell can't even handle the brute force.
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I am impressed with the new Smart, but id really want to see one with the automatic transmission. All i see is the Manual gearbox which is not too good for me, i cannot drive a manual very well. I am also very curious of the price tag of this baby.
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I am also very curious of the price tag of this baby.
I think that question is on a lot of our minds!
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Probably safe to assume that the price won't be very different than the outgoing version... maybe a little higher because that's the way life is.
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I am impressed with the new Smart, but id really want to see one with the automatic transmission. All i see is the Manual gearbox which is not too good for me, i cannot drive a manual very well. I am also very curious of the price tag of this baby.
You're only seeing manual models because that's all that is currently available (in Europe). The delayed introduction in North America is so that the new automatic will be available at launch (in North America). It was not ready when the car was launched in Europe, but it's not much of an issue in that market.
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Here, I found an independent test drive and review of the 453 automatic:
http://youtu.be/Mq7j8uEM-MA
It's in Italian, but you get the idea.
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Wouldn't want to hit my 2008 smart with the new smart!
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