Smart Forease concept shown at Paris motor show

Smart Forease concept

The machine is based on the Smart EQ Fortwo cabrio

The new Smart Forease echoes two previous Smart concept machines, the Crossblade and Forspeed

Smart has revealed a new concept car at the Paris motor show to mark its 20th anniversary, an electric, open-top two-seater called the Forease.

The machine is based on the Smart EQ Fortwo cabrio, and is intended as an “uncomplicated solution to urban mobility”. As well as the lack of roof, the Forease is marked out by a shorter windscreen, with two ‘domes’ behind the seats for safety in the event of an accident.

The Forease, which is on display at the Paris motor show, is finished in while with ‘stream green’ colour accents, which are also used to denote particular interior features.

Because the machine is permanently open to the elements, Smart has removed the air vents from the dashboard, replacing them with two extra digital displays.

These can be used to show content from a related smartphone app.

“The Forease embodies a refreshingly simple form of driving fun in the city, standing for urban electric mobility without compromise,” said new Smart boss Kartin Adt.

The EV powertrain is a nod to the future direction of Smart, which will become an electric-only brand in Europe from 2020. It has only sold EVs in the USA, Canada and Norway since last year.

The Forease echoes two previous Smart concept machines: the Crossblade and Forspeed.

The 2002 Crossblade was a minimalist machine with no doors, roof or windscreen. While conceived as a show car, following a positive reception it was put into limited production, with 2000 unites produced.

The Forspeed, shown in 2011, was another open-top concept that previewed Smart’s electric drive system. As with the Crossblade, it also featured a wind deflector – shaped to mimic an aircraft propeller – in place of a windscreen.

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Source:: Autocar