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World première at the 2012 Paris Motor Show
New smart forstars Sports Utility Coupé
With the smart BRABUS electric drive's motor

smart forstars Sports Utility Coupé (SUC): front static view.

The forstars silhouette offers a look at smart's future design.

18 Sep. 2012: Daimler's youthful urban brand smart will bring a special new face to the 2012 Paris International Motor Show (Mondial de l'Automobile, public days from 29 September to 14 October), with the world première of the forstars concept car.

The electrically driven forstars is defined by smart as an SUC (Sports Utility Coupé) with room for two people and stowage space.

As the name suggests, a glass roof above the passengers gives a clear view of the sky, while the front bonnet allows the integration of a video projector. In a world of smartphones, multimedia and fast internet connections, all this makes even more sense. The  "alubeam rouge" colour of the body contrasts with the matt metallic titanium colour of the safety cell.

smart forstars Sports Utility Coupé (SUC): rear dynamic view.

The wheelbase of the forstars is longer than that of the fortwo.

The zero-emission smart forstars gets the 60 kW magneto-electric motor from the new smart BRABUS electric drive. Thanks to the electrics system, it is possible to set the interior temperature in advance with a smartphone, or to charge the car at a domestic socket.

The German brand (with the production based in Hambach, Lorraine, France) indicates that with its integrated projector, the smart forstars can transform any grey backyard into an animated open-air cinema. Its communication concept can turn a simple wall into a cinematic experience, with a high-quality sound system and additional loudspeakers in the ventilation openings behind the doors. The media player of the projector integrated in the front bonnet is operated via Bluetooth from an iPhone.

smart forstars Sports Utility Coupé (SUC): top static view.

The convex glass roof joins with the glass cover over the cargo.

The exterior dimensions of the two-passenger concept (length: 3550mm, width: 1710mm, height: 1505mm) leave a reasonable cargo area for two people under the glass tailgate.

The wheelbase (2470 mm) of the forstars study is 603mm longer than that of the current smart fortwo (1867mm) and its front track (1475 mm) is wider by 193 mm, while the rear one (1475 mm) is wider by 90 mm. With the very short overhangs, all four wheels are positioned at the outer corners of the body.

The smart forstars silhouette also offers a look at smart's future design. Outer rings illuminate the indicators and daytime running lamps with LEDs.

smart forstars Sports Utility Coupé (SUC): interior, front.

An SUC with room for two people with a good stowage space.

The "eyebrows" above the front headlamps give them a new U-shaped look, and the tail lights can even be opened. The charging socket for the high-voltage battery is inside the right-hand tail light, whilst the left-hand one has space for a beverage can.

Like the smart for-us, shown at the Detroit Motor Show at the beginning of the year, the smart forstars features convex shaped body surfaces. The convex glass coupé roof above the passengers' heads joins with the glass cover over the cargo area which opens upwards. Like the smart for-us, the lower tailboard at the rear can also be opened electrically.

smart forstars Sports Utility Coupé (SUC): steering wheel and instruments.

Contrasts with "alubeam rouge" accent colour.

The tailgate slides down in a parallel position, then the cargo floor including tailboard retracts by 28 cm. The cargo on the 90 cm cargo area is then easy to access. Stowage compartments to the left and right of the cargo area are fitted with aluminium rails and offer additional stowage space.

The smart forstars rolls on Michelin sports tyres measuring 245/35 ZR 21, with wing nut covers on the three-spoke wheels.

The interior is characterised by contrasts with "alubeam rouge" accent colour creating a link to the exterior. The seat shells are open in the middle, and covered with a soft fabric throw giving them a hammock-like seating feel. The covers can be easily removed or changed with throws in other colours. When the seat cover is lifted from the passenger side, long items can be loaded through the seat.

smart forstars Sports Utility Coupé (SUC): cargo area behind the seats.

The tailgate slides down, then the cargo floor retracts by 28cm.

In place of a conventional rear-view mirror, the smart forstars features a smartphone in a holder at the top of the windscreen. The driver can see what is happening on the road behind with the help of an integrated video camera. The smartphone also serves as a media source and controls the projector.

The electric drive of the smart forstars is based on the drive concept of the smart fortwo BRABUS electric drive. Compared to the production model of the smart electric drive, the output of the magneto-electric motor has been increased from 55 kW to 60 kW, with 135 Newton metres (99.6 lb-ft) of torque.

The smart forstars concept is announced as capable of a top speed of over 130 km/h (80 mph), and the lithium-ion battery has a capacity of 17.6 kWh.

 

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