smart forstars concept announced

Following on from its for-us pick-up earlier in the year, smart has released details of its electric-powered smart forstars concept ahead of its Paris debut.

As with its roofless counterpart, this SUC (Sports Utility Coupé) is larger than the fortwo, measuring 3,550 mm in length, 1,710 mm in width and standing 1,505 mm tall, allowing a wheelbase of 2,470 mm (plus 603 mm) and a track of 1475 mm all-round – an increase of 193 mm at the front and 90 mm out back.

Visually, the body is finished in wet look ‘Alubeam Rouge’ paintwork with a contrasting titanium-coloured tridion cell and high-gloss black 21-inch three-spoke wheels. Visual highlights include a convex glass roof which extends over the cargo area, rhombic design headlamps with eyebrows and LED daytime running lights and tail-lights which open outwards, with the right unit revealing a charging socket and the left a beverage holder. Yes, that’s right; a beverage holder behind the light.

A nice touch is the projector mounted behind that fake scoop in the hood. Operated by the driver’s iPhone via Bluetooth, a pair of high quality speakers located behind the doors means other road users will be able to fully experience your home movies as you use the truck in front as a screen. At the rear, the tailgate slides down in a parallel position, allowing easy access to the 900 mm cargo area.

Powering the forstars is the same system as that found in the smart Brabus electric drive. Essentially the 17.6 kWh lithium-ion battery feeds a motor which delivers 60 kW (80 hp) and 135 Nm (100 lb/ft) of torque; enough for a top speed in excess of 130 km/h (81 mph).

[Source: smart]

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