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Mercedes Trims Tags for 2017 Smart Fortwo Electric Drive Coupe, Cabrio

Mercedes Trims Tags for 2017 Smart Fortwo Electric Drive Coupe, Cabrio

By Philly Murtha, May 22, 2017

Mercedes-Benz USA (Mercedes) will begin delivering the 2017 Smart Fortwo Electric Drive Coupe and Cabrio models to U.S. dealerships this summer, the automaker has announced. The German luxury carmaker says the starting price for its small car brand’s electric coupe will be lower (just $23,800), while the Cabrio, which may be the only electric soft-top on the market, will have a suggested retail price of $28,000—minus a $750 destination charge and federal/state tax incentives. Pricing will be $1,200 less than for the outgoing model, according to Mercedes officials.

Major improvements to the 2017 version of the electric small car include more power, better range, more interior room, and added standard features. The coupe and convertible models are equipped with a higher-voltage, 96-cell Lithium-ion battery with a capacity of 17.6 kWh. Also standard is a more energetic 80-horsepower electric motor (up from 74 horsepower) that transmits power to the rear wheels and produces 118-lb-ft. of torque—an improvement of 23% from the previous torque level, according to Mercedes.

2017 Smart Fortwo Electric Drive side profile photoAnother plus is that the distance or range before a recharge has been extended to 70-80 miles instead of the previous model’s 68 mile-range. Top speed has been raised to 81 mph from 78 mph, and a fraction of a second has been shaved off the 0-60 mph acceleration time—to 11.4 seconds for the coupe and 11.7 seconds for the Cabrio, Mercedes says.

Faster charging is a bonus. All 2017 Smart Fortwo Electric Drive models come with a standard 7-kW onboard charger that provides full power in 2.5 hours, twice as fast as the previous model’s charge time, according to Mercedes. Wall charging time also has been cut in half—to 3 hours with the 240-volt charger.

Both 2017 Fortwo Electric Drive Coupe and Cabrio models are available in three trim levels—Pure, Passion, and Prime—and new options include an Electric Green Tridion safety cell and available climate package that features heated seats and steering wheel with extra insulation for comfort.

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