Smart Forvision Concept

14 Sep, 2011 4:46pm Mark Griffiths

Frankfurt concept gives best look at how next-generation Smart Fortwo is shaping up

Smart has given its strongest hint yet at the shape of its next generation Fortwo city car, unveiling its electric Forvision concept at Frankfurt.

The Smart concept notably previews a new design language for the company, including larger and bolder headlights, carved door panels and sharper rear taillights. The upright one-box profile of the previous model remains, alongside contrasting exterior panels.

Smart has concentrated on improving efficiency and reducing weight with the electric concept thanks to a tie-up with chemical company BASF.  Featuring a new range of materials including wheel rims made entirely from plastic and a new carbon fibre Tridion safety cell, the model previews pioneering technology that may make the production model.

A range of insulating foams and heat reflective paints have been specially developed, keeping the cabin warm in winter and cool in summer. A set of transparent solar panels in the roof can also power ventilation fans to cool the car. Smart is clearly intent on improving the efficiency of its future model range amidst fierce competition from rivals such as the VW up!
and Toyota IQ.

Buyers can expect the concept to heavily influence the next generation Fortwo city car when it's replaced in about three years time. 

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STOPPIT. Let's just have a super lightweight, super frugal, 4 seat shopping car that can cruise motorways at 80mph flat out all day. If you must do a 2 seater give it a motorcycle engine so it sounds hilarious and a humungus boot for the weekly shop. Practical. Know what I mean?