Smart revealed the Forease concept car at the recently held Paris Motor Show 2018. The new model marks the 20th anniversary of the first-ever model from the Daimler AG-owned car marque.
The Smart Forease concept is based on the Smart EQ Fortwo Cabrio, and in words of the manufacturer, presents an “uncomplicated solution to urban mobility”. While the new model shares many design cues with its donor vehicle, it features a shorter windscreen with two ‘safety domes’ behind the seats. The concept model is finished in white with ‘stream green’ highlights.
As the car doesn't have a foldable soft top, Smart has done away with air vents. Instead, the dashboard gets two additional digital displays. These screens can be used for smartphone mirroring purposes and show the content of an app.
Speaking on the design of his company's latest concept, Gorden Wagener, Chief Design Officer, Daimler AG said -
The smart Forease is proof that Smart thinks unconventionally. Its design is reduced and pure. The smart forease is a statement of urbanity and individual style. It has the coolness of the metropolis and demonstrates a truly free spirit.
The Smart Forease uses an all-electric powertrain and the company aims to become an electric-only car brand in Europe from 2020. Moreover, the company has sold only EVs in the car markets of the US, Canada, and Norway since last year.
The Smart Forease pays homage to the two earlier concept vehicles from the company - Crossblade (2001) and Forspeed (2011). The Smart Crossblade featured a minimalist design without doors, roof or windscreen. While it started life as a show model, it was produced in limited numbers (2,000 units) owing to the overwhelming response that the show car received. The Forspeed, which came a decade later, previewed the company's electric drive system.