To celebrate its 20th anniversary, Smart revealed a different concept in the week in the Paris auto show. Dubbed Forease and based heavily on the new EQ Fortwo electric model — component of Mercedes' new EQ electric vehicle sub-brand — the style adopts some vintage roadster elements by using a lowered windshield and aerodynamic elements behind the seats.
Not taking itself too seriously, the Forease concept is targeted on essentials and magnificence for urban driving, while following up on the themes introduced by the Crossblade concept in 2001 and also the Forspeed concept in 2011.
Featuring a U-shaped leader, the inner within the Forease mixes bright colors having a surprising variety of round instruments around the dash. Despite just as one electric car, the Forease still includes a very manual-looking gear lever at the base on the center stack, and also a manual handbrake — both features that a person can have expected to disappear in a vehicle this small just inside name of weight and space savings. Out back, the B-pillar flows into two hollow arches positioned behind top seats, robbing the idea of a top-opening trunklid but highlighting its sporty nature.
"Outside vehicle concept is a link between exterior and interior, all the play of color staying at year ’round in evidence," the automaker said in the statement. "The inside therefore plays a role in the skin impact of your vehicle. This is also reflected in technical details while in the interior. A particular feature is a two round displays rather center air vents during the instrument panel — as if there are not already enough oxygen! The displays can be utilised, for instance, presenting content from your 'ready to' app, which enables the motive force to mention their Smart with friends in order to monitor its functions. The speakers of the music system, that provide a superb sound for following music or making message or calls, are visibly integrated within the rear wall with the cockpit, emphasizing the car's cool, playful character."
Overall, the Forease has a pronounced whiff of early-'90s beach car concept, much more so than on anything we've seen in years, with lime-green accents to position an additional concentration on the Miami-circa-1990 aesthetic. It's straightforward to picture zigzag graphics in pastel colors about the doors, as for a small Sea-Doo watercraft.
Smart itself is now EV-only in the usa, chased right out of the gasoline segment because of the weight of the substantial quantity of factors while managing to (just barely) hold out despite a really niche appeal as well as a value proposition that's become tricky to rationalize amid more and more EVs that can be purchased. The switch to EV-only sales Stateside has finally given Smart an offramp into the world of environmentally minded cars, but even this turn has done little to make pricing down and driving range up. At least for now.