No roof and a shorter windscreen headline the Paris show car.
Smart will celebrate its 20th anniversary at the 2018 Paris motor show with the drop-top ForEase concept.
Following in the footsteps of the crossblade and forspeed, the concept aims to offer passengers a “liberated and pure driving experience” by turfing the roof. There’s no folding soft- or hard-top, it’s just an old-fashioned speedster.
The exterior has its roots in the regular ForTwo, but the headlights and grille have been given mild makeovers for the motor show. A new claw-like motif features on the headlights, while there are cute fog-light-style inserts in the grille panel.
There are plenty of green highlights scattered around the body, and the wheels have new aero-style covers on them, but the biggest change is a stumpy windshield. Smart says it offers “little resistance to the headwind”, although it doesn’t go quite as far as windscreen-less crossblade and forspeed.
The interior is finished in a similar green-and-white colour scheme to the exterior. The standard seats have been subbed for a more colourful set, while the dash-top air vents have been replaced with small screens.
Gone is the top of the steering wheel, too, although what’s left of the unit appears to be standard. In fact the interior has a fairly stock look about it, given the fact this is designed to be a show-stopping celebration of Smart’s more famous concepts.
Power in the ForEase comes from the same 60kW electric motor as the EQ ForTwo, hooked up to a 17.6kWh battery. The company says it drives, just like the production car, but that doesn’t mean it’ll actually be built.
“The Smart ForEase embodies a refreshingly simple form of driving fun in the city, standing for urban electric mobility without compromise – because, if in doubt, Smart always opts for a consistent approach,” said Katrin Adt, head of Smart.
“The result is a sustainable driving experience built on freedom.”
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