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451, 453, or 451 "US" ?

I bought a 2015 Smart ForTwo Pure, used, in the U.S. Does that mean the model designation is a 451 or a 453?
Wikipedia says the W451 series was 2007 - 2014, C453 and A453 2014 - present, but the 453 body shown in pictures is obviously not the same as mine.
This forum is for the "451 - US vehicle" so does that mean the 451 was sold in US as a 2015 model?
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models in Europe were made a year newer than the ones brought into the US, so yo should have a 451. The 453 has a different body, wider and much different than the 451. They also changed the names so a "Pure" would be a 451.
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There are Pure trim level 453's. The Pure is the entry level trim model. The 453 version is much better optioned then the 451.
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Sadly the Wikipedia entry appears to have been written for the European market. The chassis codes should look like this:

Global (all countries)
W450: 1998-2007
W451: 2007-2016 (2016s are ED only)
C453: 2014-

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W450: Only available through gray market, earliest I've seen is 2000.
W451: 2007-2016 (starts with 2008 Model Year. 2016 is an ED only year)
C453: 2015- (starts with 2016 Model Year)

If you have a 2016 and you put petrol in it, you have a 453. If you have a 2016 and you charge it, you have a 451.

Chassis code letter meanings (so far as I can tell from translations)
W = Wagon.
C = Coupe.
A = Cabriolet.

Of course, the letter meanings really only make sense with the third gens (W is the forfour, C is fortwo, A is fortwo cabriolet). I'm still trying to see what the internal chassis codes looked like for the 450 and 451. I've seen some sources claim that the 451 and 450 were known as C450 and C451 internally, but I cannot find any evidence to support the claims of those sources.
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Thank you! That makes more sense than Wikipedia...
Regarding trim level, this car was actually a Car2Go fleet vehicle that was never put into service. It was sold with 25 miles on the odo to its first owner, and I bought it from him.
The Car2Go cars had different options than the Pure, if I ever have time to look it up would it be useful to post?

Meanwhile I need to know, and will post elsewhere, does the 451 have a tow eye bolt hole on the front driver's side, hidden behind the bumper surface? They put two holes on the rear, and only one is accessible on the front passenger side, so I was wondering if for some reason they manufactured the bumper cross member with two holes and just covered one up?
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Yes, I believe it does have a hole on left front side.
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Thank you! That makes more sense than Wikipedia...
Regarding trim level, this car was actually a Car2Go fleet vehicle that was never put into service. It was sold with 25 miles on the odo to its first owner, and I bought it from him.
The Car2Go cars had different options than the Pure, if I ever have time to look it up would it be useful to post?

Meanwhile I need to know, and will post elsewhere, does the 451 have a tow eye bolt hole on the front driver's side, hidden behind the bumper surface? They put two holes on the rear, and only one is accessible on the front passenger side, so I was wondering if for some reason they manufactured the bumper cross member with two holes and just covered one up?
The Car2Go models are pures that have a few passion upgrades (like leather, power windows, A/C, and a nav system). There is a tow bolt on the left front that is covered up. I'm not entirely sure why it's covered up, but some people do drill out the holes so they can flat tow the car.
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You got that right, this car has heated leather seats, power windows, and the upgraded nav/radio that other Pure models we looked at did not.

The confirmation of tow eye bolt on driver side is great news. I have been searching for a flat tow solution and am curious about the Smart-Tow UK tow bar that uses the existing tow attachment points. Is it legal in the U.S.? If so it would save me over $1K and all that intrusive messin' around.
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So long as you meet state requirements for towing a vehicle in such a manner, you should be fine with flat towing.
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