The Frankfurt Auto Show saw the debut of the new Smart Fourjoy Concept with styling that makes it look more like a dune buggy than a car anyone would drive on the roads. Of course, this is just a concept car and a production version of the vehicle will actually have, you know, bodywork.
The Smart Fourjoy concept is a preview of what we’ll be seeing in the next generation of cars from Smart. Sure, their production cars will have doors and windows and the like, but the open, futuristic styling will be carried over into production vehicles.
There is definitely a focus on that style with an interior that includes funky-looking front seats and a matching rear bench seat. It looks more like a lounge inside than a car and a little like something the Jetsons might drive when their flying car is out of commission.
Like other Smart cars, the Smart Fourjoy is incredibly compact coming in at 11′ 6″ long and 6′ 6″ wide which makes it an ideal city driver. It’s also equipped with an electric drive 55kW magneto-electric motor which makes it a zero-local-emission vehicle.
The Smart Fourjoy’s lithium-ion battery takes a maximum of seven hours to charge from empty to full and can be charged from a household outlet or a charging station. Basically, plug it in at night and it’ll be ready to take you wherever you want to go in the morning. If you’re in a rush, it can charge in less than an hour with the 22kW on-board charger and rapid charging cable.
Despite its very futuristic design elements, it still incorporates bits of the original Smart design into its look. The short overhangs and wheels positioned at the four outer points harken back to the first Smart cars. Although this is clearly a concept, the design elements are a preview of what we can expect to see in the production four-seater due at the end of 2014.
Nicole Wakelin fell in love with cars as a teenager when she got to go for a ride in a Ferrari. It was red and it was fast and that was all that mattered. Game over. She considers things a bit more carefully now, but still has a weakness for fast, beautiful cars. Nicole also writes for NerdApproved and GeekMom.