Compared to the For-us pick-up layout, the new concept has a hatchback configuration, with a panoramic, two-pieces glass roof and tailgate, as its name suggests.
At the same time “forstars” hints at the original idea of integrating a video projector in the front hood. The media player of the projector is operated via Bluetooth from an iPhone while a high-quality sound system with additional loudspeakers in the ventilation openings behind the doors enables a drive-in cinema-like experience.
The body color is “alubeam rouge” which creates an appealing contrast to the matt metallic titanium color of the tridion safety cell.
The smart BRABUS electric powertrain features a 17.6 kWh lithium-ion battery and a 60 kW magneto-electric motor which allows good dynamic performances, with a top speed of more than 130 km/h.
The smart forstars will be premiered at the upcoming Paris Motor Show (29 September – 14 October 2012).
Below we report the design details from the official release.
The compact smart forstars (length/width/height: 3550/1710/1505 mm) is immediately recognizable as a member of the smart family, yet it also boasts striking new features – and not only its silhouette offers a look at smart’s future design idiom. It greets the viewer with a saucy smile on its friendly yet assertive face.
The rhombic design of the front and rear lamps is very striking. Outer rings illuminate the indicators and daytime running lamps with a large number of LEDs.
The lamps seem to push outwards like arrows – like drips on the cockpit window of an airplane as it takes off.
The transparent red sun visor above the windscreen takes up this idea and lends the coupé an even more squat road stance. The tail lights can even be opened.
The charging socket for the high-voltage battery is found inside the right-hand tail light, whilst the left-hand one has space for a beverage can.
The study has a longer wheelbase than the current smart fortwo (2470 mm/plus 603 mm) and a wider track (front 1475 mm/plus 193 mm, rear 1475 mm/plus 90 mm) and these also emphasize the confident look.
At the same time the extremely short overhangs at the front and rear make it exceedingly compact. All four wheels have been positioned at the outer corners of the body – a typically smart feature.
The smart forstars shares the main features of its body with the smart for-us, presented at the Detroit Motor Show at the beginning of the year.
The smart forstars, too, features convex and sensuously shaped body surfaces.
The large brand emblem is proudly sported on the grille, and the front has a pronounced three-dimensional design. Where rally cars have an air scoop on the hood, on the smart forstars a video projector is integrated here as an ironic highlight.
There is a convex glass coupé roof above the passengers’ heads. It joins seamlessly with the glass cover over the cargo area which opens upwards. Like the smart for-us, the lower tailboard at the rear can also be opened electrically.
Shiny black trims that continue below the side skirts draw attention to the wheel cutouts. The smart forstars rolls on Michelin sports tires measuring 245/35 ZR 21. The wing nut covers of the three-spoke wheels are an attractive detail.
The sporty, sassy character of the smart forstars is also emphasized by a striking and technically very complex red alubeam finish. “Alubeam rouge” has a wet look that provides an exciting and very modern contrast to the matt and distinctly metallic appearance of the titanium-colored tridion cell.
Sleek, taut surfaces in mother-of-pearl white combined with precisely designed technical functional elements in brushed aluminum – the interior is characterized by contrasts. The color “alubeam rouge” that is also used as an accent color in the interior creates a link to the exterior.
Stylish, uncomplicated, highly functional and easy to individualize – the two seats in the concept car are typically smart. The seat shells, which are open in the middle, are covered with a soft fabric throw giving them a hammock-like seating feel.
The graphic elements and different red tones of the covers indicate a progression and thus underline the dynamism and the very trendy aspect of the vehicle.
As the covers can be removed in next to no time, simple individualization with other throws is conceivable. Practical: when the seat cover on the passenger side is removed, long items can be loaded through the seat of the smart forstars.
The seats are trimmed with high-quality white bag leather with exquisite white piping. Perforated leather in the door panelling forms a further sophisticated contrast and emphasizes the high quality of the materials used.
Like the smart forvision and the smart for-us, the whole cockpit boasts aerodynamic styling for interior ventilation.
The control and display elements are oriented to the driver. Just as the cockpit module divides the instrument panel, the two-spoke steering wheel is open at the top.
In place of a conventional rear-view mirror the smart forstars features a smartphone accommodated in a holder at the top of the windscreen.
The driver can see what is happening on the road behind with the help of an integrated video camera. The smartphone also serves as a media source and controls the projector.
Stowage compartments to the left and right of the high-quality cargo area fitted with aluminum rails offer additional stowage space.