Smart will exhibit at Detroit Auto Show 2012 (North American International Auto Show – NAIAS 2012) the new pick-up named Smart For-us Concept, promoter of new directions in design and an opportunity to anticipate the future extension of the range.
Mercedes is preparing a surprise to the American public present at Detroit Motor Show 2011. It’s called Smart For-us and is a concept version of an electrically powered mini class pick-up. The prototype was designed as a new extension of the range, this time oriented towards the preferences of a market segment which still appreciates pick-ups. Mercedes officials were quick to point out that the new concept wasn’t proposed for production.
Smart For-us Concept photo gallery
Smart For-us Concept Design
The new Smart For-us takes the design lines from the For-vision concept presented at Frankfurt Motor Show 2011, and adapt them to new platforms that we could see on the ForFour’s successor, model developed with Renault.
With a length of 3547 mm (139.7 in), 1506 mm (59.3 in) width and a height of 1701 mm (67 in), the German Smart concept has a loading length of 280 mm (11 in) in the trailer body and 900 mm (35.5 in) at the interior, when the seat is folded. With 161 mm (6.4 in) higher than a series Smart Fortwo, Smart For-us has a more generous wheelbase, of 2480 mm (97.7 in).
Smart For-us Concept Electric Engine
The power of Smart For-us Concept comes from the same electric motor available on Smart Fortwo Electric Drive. The electric unit located on the rear axle provides 75 horsepower and 130 Nm and it’s kept alive by a lithium-ion battery of 17.7 kW, which can be charged from an electrical outlet or by the energy recovery system resulting from braking (Kinetic Energy Recovery Systems – KERS).
Renault will use the platform exhibited by the Smart For-us Concept to develop the third generation Twingo (unofficial sources claim that it’s a reinterpretation of the existing platforms available on Renault Twingo).