Thursday, September 5, 2013

Smart Fourjoy concept car revealed

The Smart Fourjoy concept car is revealed, previewing an all-electric four-seater that does without doors
Smart has revealed the new Fourjoy concept car – an all-electric four-seater that previews how the next-generation Forfour will look when it arrives in late 2014.
It also gives us a good idea of exactly how big the next-generation car it’ll be, and at 3494mm long and 1978mm it’s fractionally shorter than a VW up! but about 60mm wider. The Fourjoy gives us our latest look at the new face of Smart, previewed by concepts like the Forstars and For-us, featuring a 3D perforated grille and oversized headlights.
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There are a few touches from the original Forfour, too, such as the tiny overhangs and the tridion safety cell. The interior has room for four people and features a touchscreen for operating the infotainment. This removable touchscreen tablet will be a feature on the future production car, as will the spherical instrument cluster – a trademark Smart design feature.
The Fourjoy does without doors – a bit like the mad Crossblade Fortwo – and while the production car won’t be quite so extreme when it comes to weight reduction Smart is looking to keep weight as low as possible with thin seats and composite plastics for the bodyshell. The next-generation Forfour is being developed alongside Renaut’s next-generation Twingo.
Renault has all-but confirmed there will be an electric Twingo and the Forjoy’s zero emissions powertrain only serves to cement that fact. It uses a 55kW/73bhp electric motor, which is located at the back and drives the rear wheels. It’ll take seven hours to charge from a standard house wall socket but can be charged in less than one hour from a quick charge
When the production car hits the road late next year it’ll probably also be available with a 900cc turbocharged engine from the Renault-Nissan alliance. It’ll be part of an expanded Smart family that will include the Fortwo, Fortwo convertible and a Smart compact crossover.