It features a number of details from previous show cars that proved popular, such as the square-shaped lights, lightweight construction and minimalist cabin. The honeycomb structure of the air intakes also emphasize the link with previous Smart concepts such as the For-us (2012 Detroit Auto Show) and Forstars (2012 Paris Auto Show). The four-seat configuration, meanwhile, hints directly at the layout planned for the four-door, four-seat Forfour. The original Forfour was built between 2004 and 2006 and only spawned a single generation, which never made it to the U.S. market.
2004 Smart ForFourEnlarge Photo
The concept’s designers are keen to stress some of the more premium features, suggesting that Smart will be repositioning its new Fortwo and Forfour models slightly more upmarket to target the likes of MINI. The signature tridion cell is finished in aluminum and the raised smart lettering milled from more aluminum on the side skirts is a further sign of the top quality. As with the first-generation Fortwo, the rear lights are integrated in the tridion cell, and the lights, both in the front and the rear, all feature LEDs.
Smart Fourjoy concept, 2013 Frankfurt Auto ShowEnlarge Photo
As mentioned, the new Smart Fortwo and Forfour go on sale late next year. Underpinning them will be the new platform jointly developed by Smart and alliance partner Renault (the French automaker will use it for its next-generation Twingo). The new platform will be flexible enough to spawn a variety of models including a high-riding crossover. As for production, the Smart plant in Hambach, France will be responsible for the two-door Fortwo, while the Renault plant in Novo Mesto, Slovenia will be the production base for the Forfour as well as the new Twingo.
Stay tuned for the Smart Fourjoy concept’s reveal on September 10 at the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show, and for more from the show, click here.