It has already been 20 years since smart entered into the world of automotive. But smart has no intentions of stopping right now, so it is unveiling a new concept car that doesn’t just celebrate its 20th anniversary, but also provides a glimpse of its vision into the future while still linking with the past. smart will unveiling the new forease two-passenger concept car at the 2018 Paris Motor Show.
Derived from a current vehicle – the smart EQ fortwo cabrio – the new smart forease is the carmaker’s statement of urbanity and individual style, representing the coolness of the metropolis while demonstrating a truly free spirit. While boasting of a seemingly futuristic look, the forease boasts of openness and minimalistic style, as inspired by smart’s pioneering concept vehicles like the crossblade (2001) and the forspeed (2011).
Essentially, the smart forease concept car takes practicality into a simple level, living up to smart’s original motto of “reduce to the max.” While overly minimalistic with details just reduced to the essential, the new forease gives a new meaning to the brand’s definition of emotionality, lifestyle and attitude.
As noted by Gorden Wagener, Chief Design Officer at Daimler AG, the smart forease – with its reduced and pure design -- serves as a proof that the smart brand thinks unconventionally.
The new smart forease concept car boasts of an environment that allows its occupants to enjoy the thrill of open-air ride—with little resistance to the headwind -- and the environmental benefits of an electric vehicle. This is thanks to its roofless nature, shorter windscreen and electric powertrain. Its occupants are rendered safe by the installation of two domes behind the seats.
smart wrapped the exterior of the concept car in metallic-white paint finish, as contrasted elegantly by its matt-silver Tridion cell. These finishes are accented by stream green color both on the exterior and the interior. This stream green accent is found on the lower front section, on the wheels, on the decorative seams on the upholstery as well as on the contrast surfaces on the sides of the seats. The border around the media interface is also in stream green.
Inside, the new smart forease comes with two round displays in the location usually reserved for the central air vents in the instrument panel. The open cabin also features audio speakers visibly integrated in the rear wall of the cockpit.
Interestingly, since the new smart forease is derived on the standard-production smart EQ fortwo cabrio, it is fully functional and operational, which means it can be driven perfectly.