After it leaked to the web just a few hours ago, smart decided to officially unveil their latest concept – dubbed fourjoy – before its real world unveiling at the IAA 2013.
The compact four-seater is the forerunner of a new smart generation and marks the future return of a smart model with four places. No doors, no rear window and an open roof – the smart fourjoy dispenses with unnecessary ballast – and we would also say it dispenes on the design as well. Not a looker, for sure, the fourjoy concept still allows an unhindered view of the futuristic interior with its striking (we actually mean odd) rear seat bench in the style of lounge furniture.
At least, with its compact dimensions (length/width/height: 3494/1978/1494 millimetres) and a turning circle of 9.1 metres the smart fourjoy boasts the agility typical of the brand.
“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.”
We already know Mercedes is very proud of the odd seats, so let’s skip to what else can we find in the interior – perforated and smooth surfaces alternate on the vehicle floor and the seats and the instrument panel are supported by a continuous central structure that features a convex surface with touch-sensitive operating functions. The design of the spherical instrument cluster and the single-spoke steering wheel are reminiscent of the original smart. Two smartphones are mounted on the dashboard and on the centre tunnel at the rear for cutting-edge connectivity and tailor-made entertainment for all four passengers.
The electric drive housed at the rear is based on the current smart fortwo electric drive: a 55 kW magneto-electric motor is coupled to a lithium-ion battery with a capacity of 17.6 kWh. As a reminder of the generational gap between automakers and young hipsters, the on the roof of the smart fourjoy are fastened two longboards – electrically driven. With the aid of a camera (standard equipment as well) the fourjoy dudes can share their silly stunts with friends on social networks. This is one concept that would be really loved by Marvel’s Silver surfer!