Smart ForStars concept

27 Sep, 2012 3:00pm Damion Smy

Pictures and details of the Smart ForStars concept, which previews the next-generation ForTwo

Smart has revealed the ForStars concept, which is not only the star of the company’s Paris Motor Show stand, but will also directly inspire the next ForTwo.

Smart calls the ForStars concept a Sports Utility Coupe, hinting at the fact that the next ForTwo will branch out to include an SUV-style model.

The ForStars measures 3,550mm long, 1,710mm wide and 1,505mm high, which means that the next ForTwo is likely to grow in size, too. The concept has a 603mm longer wheelbase than the current Smart ForTwo and a wider track – 90mm at the front and 193mm at the rear, liberating extra boot space.

The concept is more muscular than the current ForTwo – a theme which is expected to be incorporated into the next production car – with the same round headlights and mesh grille as the ForUs concept which debuted at the Detroit Motor Show earlier this year. There’s also traditional Smart two-tone paintwork.

The show car’s elaborate interior has scalloped seats, a U-shaped steering wheel and lots of circular forms. The name ForStars comes from the fact that the concept features a panoramic roof, and that there’s a video projector mounted in the bonnet scoop, allowing you to watch movies wherever you park.

Power for the ForStars comes from the same 80bhp electric motor that drives the Smart ForTwo Brabus electric. The lithium ion battery produces 135kW, ensuring brisk acceleration, while top speed is claimed to be over 80mph.

The next Smart ForTwo will be available with the company’s new third-generation electric drivetrain, which makes 74bhp. With a focus on reducing weight and improving efficiency, the 90-mile range of the current ForTwo ED should be increased.

Charging from a household socket will take seven hours, while an optional fast charger will reduce this to one hour. It’s likely the current car’s three-cylinder petrol and diesel engines will also be offered.

The new ForTwo will go on sale in late 2013, priced from around £12,000.

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Hopefully this generation will come with a manual instead of the automated manual that has plagued previous versions with sluggish gear changes.

Do you know what, I strangely like this. Coupled with an electric drive train I think Smart may re-energise the brand.

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