Small cars are getting bigger and bigger. This is a fact. Blame safety standards, blame the changing tastes of the public, blame the fact that human beings are incredibly fat. Even the new Smart Fortwo is growing in size — it now dwarfs many large commercial trucks.
Our eagle-eyed readers have caught Smart ForTwo development mules out testing before, but those looked like slapped-together botchjobs. These two, captured together outside a hotel in Illinois, look much closer to production, and much different from the current model.
The new Smart ForTwo will reach the US in August 2015, but the bigger ForFour will only join the party if there's enough demand to justify the homologation costs.
One of our eagle-eyed readers with excellent camera-grabbing skills snapped us these pictures of a test mule leaving Mercedes-Benz' R&D campus near Ann Arbor, Michigan. The little car that sort of looks like a wheeled Storm Trooper's helmet is a mule for a new Smart.