Smart officially unveiled the FourJoy Concept ahead of 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA). The new concept car previews the second-generation ForFour and although it has no doors, roof and tailgate, the shape and silhouette of the concept is described as being close to the production version.
We have numerous design elements borrowed from the first-generation but the concept also come with a large front grille that displays the big emblem, a honeycomb structure is seen on the structure of the air inlets of the front and the body surfaces, stylish headlights and taillights.
The extremely pronounced tridion cell is a new feature. On the study it is made of polished full-aluminium and its brilliant bright lustre finish emphasises the premium character of the brand.
Transparent petroleum-coloured moulded parts emphasise the upbeat character of the study. The interior looks back from the future and features two stylish front seats, a rear seat bench and an impressive dash. Moreover, the Smart FourJoy Concept comes with a single-spoke steering wheel reminding us of the original Smart, a with two smartphones mounted on the dashboard and on the centre tunnel at the rear for cutting-edge technology.
The FourJoy Concept is propelled by the same electric system found on the current ForTwo electric drive and consists of a 55 kw brushless electric motor mounted at the rear together with a 17.7 kWh lithium-ion battery found under the floorpan. Power is delivered to the rear wheels via a fixed ration gearbox. The charging time at a wallbox or public charging station can be shortened to less than one hour with the 22 kW on-board charger and a rapid charging cable.
Mainly because of the fact that the smart fourjoy does not have any doors, a rear window, or even a roof panel, it appears to bring the city in. There are however certain elements that link the interior with the exterior. These include the openings located on the roof structure. The same is true for the handles for both the driver and the passenger on the vehicle’s side sills.
Through the instrument panel, the smart fourjoy is able to have a sense of depth. Add in a structure that resembles a honeycomb plus the fading and it results to two themes of the model’s exterior. While the instrument panel is indeed solid, it is composed of illuminated and transparent plexiglass with openings milled to it. The honeycomb structure has that striking multi-dimensional appearance made possible by moulding it on white plastic having that pearlescent effect in these regions. Looking at the way the spherical instrument cluster has been designed combined with the single-spoke steering wheel reminds us of the first ever smart model.
There is also a pair of smartphones mounted on the smart fourjoy’s dashboard. Another feature is the center tunnel positioned at the rear to allow for advanced connectivity as well as customized entertainment for all the four passengers.
However, the most striking feature of the interior would have to be the two futuristic-looking seats in the front and the seat bench in the rear having a same design. Because of their sculptural and organic shape, it brings to mind contemporary lounge furniture. Like the instrument panel, the seats are supported by what is clearly a continuous central structure.
It even has a convex surface having those touch-sensitive operating functions. For the seat shell, it reveals a truly harmonious design. Meanwhile, the back of the seats has dark chrome. Surrounding the sides of the smart fourjoy’s seats is a piping-like line having the same petroleum color as that of the exterior’s plexiglass accents. The vehicle floor shows smooth surfaces alternating with perforated ones. Since the floor is indeed dark, it gives the impression of the seats appearing to float.