BOSSES at Smart have hinted that they could be about to take the funky brand back to its roots by announcing the arrival of a stripped-out concept car due to be unveiled at this month’s Frankfurt Motorshow.
The new arrival for the pint-sized Smart family, which has been dubbed the ‘Fourjoy’, could not only herald a return to four-seater production cars but, should the study make it past the concept stage, it could hint at an entirely new direction for the firm.
The Fourjoy has all the typical smart attributes of a Smart but the concept has no doors, no rear window and an open roof, which bosses say is part of an exercise in dispensing with unnecessary ballast.
The striking interior features a rear seat bench in the style of lounge furniturewith space for four and it is powered by a 55kW electric motor
Daimler’s head of design Gorden Wagener said: “The smart fourjoy is the perfect icon of our smart design philosophy that is being carried into a new era. For the first time we are showing the future sporty four-seater character of the new smart family.
“The typical smart silhouette, the clear lines and styling and also the further development of the smart face make this study a modern design icon.”
As with the first-generation Fmart Fortwo the Fourjoy’s rear lights are integrated in the tridion cell. The design of the spherical instrument cluster and single-spoke steering wheel also hark back to the original Smart.