With no doors, purchase no rear window and no roof, the smart brand provides a rather hollow insight into the design of its next generation of automobiles, the fourjoy concept officially revealed at IAA foreshadowing both the smart fortwo and the future 4 door model.
With its compact dimensions (length/width/height: 3494/1978/1494 millimetres) and a turning circle of 9.1 meters the smart fourjoy boasts the agility typical of the brand and is able to show off its strengths, especially in cities around the world.
The smart concept has an electric drive system, with a 55 kW magneto-electric motor that offers local zero emission drives. The lithium-ion battery has a capacity of 17.6 kWh. When completely empty it takes a maximum of seven hours to fully charge the battery at a household socket or charging station on the electricity systems of most countries.
“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,” says Gorden Wagener, Head of Design at Daimler AG. “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.”
Dr Annette Winkler, Head of smart, says: “The smart fourjoy is a study that successfully translates the unique design and the urban driving fun of the smart fortwo to an extremely compact four-seater. Numerous details of previous show cars that received very positive feedback have been incorporated in the fourjoy. The exterior proportions already reveal a lot about the appearance of our four-seater production smart which will be launched at the end of 2014 and will also enable families to travel together in a smart.”
The fourjoy concept also has a futuristic interior with a striking rear seat bench in the style of lounge furniture. But if that’s enough, on the roof reside a pair of electric skateboards – useful for covering short distances in the city without producing any local emissions.