Just when you think Smart can no longer come up with another configuration for its basic car architecture, here comes another one. This is the FourJoy concept, which the German compact carmaker is presenting at this month's Frankfurt Motor Show. Smart promptly points out the obvious: "no doors, no rear window and an open roof, dispensing with unnecessary ballast."
The FourJoy is electric-driven, courtesy of a 74hp magneto-electric motor. The propulsion is based on the current Smart Fortwo electric drive. "When completely empty, it takes a maximum of seven hours to fully charge the battery at a household socket or a charging station," says Smart in its press statement. "The charging time at a wallbox or public charging station can be shortened to less than one hour with the 22kW on-board charger and a rapid charging cable."
The interior evokes modern lounge furniture, with two futuristic-looking seats in front and a similar-design bench at the back. Perfect for nature-loving folks.
"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," explains Smart head Dr. Annette Winkler. "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."
Question is: Would you cruise down EDSA in this?