2013 IAA: Smart FourJoy Concept previews the next-generation ForFour [Live Photos]

Article by Christian A., on September 12, 2013

Smart has introduced the FourJoy Concept last week but the vehicle made its public debut at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA). The new concept car is said to be a preview for the second-generation ForFour. The concept doesn’t have doors, a roof and tailgate but its shape and silhouette are close to the production version.

Many of its design cues are similar to those of the first-generation. However, the concept is fitted with a big front grille that showcases the big emblem and a honeycomb structure is visible on the structure of the air inlets of the front and the body surfaces, stylish headlights and taillights.

It also has an exciting new feature – the very prominent tridion cell. It is built of polished full-aluminium and its brilliant bright lustre finish highlights the brand’s premium character.

The upbeat nature of the study is further emphasized by its transparent petroleum-coloured moulded parts. The interior includes two stylish front seats, a rear seat bench and a striking dash.

In addition, the Smart FourJoy Concept features a single-spoke steering wheel that’s reminiscent of the original Smart. Two smartphones are mounted on the dashboard and on the centre tunnel at the rear for advanced technology.

The electric system used on the FourJoy Concept is the same one used on the current ForTwo electric drive and includes a 55 kw brushless electric motor installed at the rear together with a 17.7 kWh lithium-ion battery positioned under the floorpan. A fixed ration gearbox distributes the power to the rear wheels. Charging time could be cut to shorter than an hour when using a wallbox or public charging station with the 22 kW on-board charger and a rapid charging cable.

According to the study, smart is becoming more mature. This was well shown on the new smart fourjoy concept. This concept is provided with a 3D upright front end that isn’t just assertive, but also expressive and friendly. The front of the new fourjoy concept is defined by a front grille with the large brand emblem. The air inlets on the front are given a honeycomb structure while the body surfaces feature a convex shape – both highlighting its connection to the smart for-us and smart forstars concepts that were unveiled in 2012.

The new smart fourjoy features a so-called tridion cell made from polished full-aluminum and boasts of a bright luster finish that highlights the brand’s premium character. Also indicating the vehicle’s top quality is the raised smart lettering -- milled from aluminum -- on the side skirts. Lending a contrast to the aluminum tridion cell is the pearlescent white finish on the front bonnet, bumpers and tailgate. Moreover, the door mirrors seemingly "float" on an aluminum stele.

Just like the first-generation smart fortwo, the new smart fourjoy features rear lights integrated in the tridion cell, with cubes incorporated into the plexiglass. Interestingly, the headlamps feature no glass cover, thereby boosting the 3D impression of its U-shaped daytime running lights (DRLs). Both the front and rear lights employ light emitting diode (LED) units.

Meanwhile, the new smart fourjoy concept comes with transparent petroleum-colored molded parts that help highlight its upbeat nature. These parts can be found on the wind deflector located on top of the front windscreen as well as on the A-pillars on the sides. These parts – with functions and a color that make it similar to 1990s tennis caps -- are also found on the rear roof spoiler.

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