Smart Debuts ForStars, An Electric Sports Utility Coupe Concept

5 years ago by Mike Buchanan 4

No, It Is Not A MINI Cooper

At first look, someone might take the Smart ForStars Concept as a radical Mini Cooper, however this ‘sports utility coupe’ is the latest vehicle from Smart, which is owned and operated by Mercedes Benz.

This electric concept is the closest look the public has seen about the next generation of ForTwo and ForFour minicars that are scheduled to be manufactured for the 2014 model year.

Not night vision... that is an integrated video projector

While sizing the ForStars Concept with the current Smart ForTwo, the vehicle is larger and wider in almost every dimension: length is 33.7 inches longer and the width is 5.9 inches wider. No specific word on height.

Daimler states that its name is a tongue-in-cheek reference to “the glass roof above the passengers that gives a clear view of the starry sky”.

You might notice that it also feaures a video projector at the front of the car.  Not exaclty a standard option at your local dealership, and underlines the little electric car’s concept status.

At the same time it hints at the witty idea of integrating a video projector in the front bonnet. This enables the work of film stars to be spontaneously shared with friends at any time. 

Compared to the production model of the smart electric drive (now availabe for purchase in Canada starting at $26,990) the output of the magneto-electric motor has been increased to 60 kW (80hp), giving the smart forstars agile and lively performance.
 
With “135 Newton meters of torque it boasts powerful, lag-free acceleration and can overtake other vehicles with the greatest of ease.” The vehicle has a top speed of more than 130 km/h (81 miles)and the lithium-ion battery has a capacity of 17.6 kWh.
 
Hrm, Any Clues From The SMART ForStars’ Interior That This Might Be A Concept? (Click To Enlarge)

The reason the ForStars has been called a “sports utility coupe” is due to its larger size, amount of storage space, and the rear tailgate which is typically found on a crossover. To keep up with the open air feel of the Smart ForTwo, the roof and tail gate are made of glass.

Smart chief Dr Annette Winkler says: “The smart is Europe’s most inexpensive series-produced electric car. Not only is it emission-free and fast, it is also possible to conveniently set the perfect interior temperature in advance with a smartphone, and it is simple to charge at a domestic socket. What’s more, with its powerful battery and integrated projector the smart forstars can transform any grey backyard into an animated open-air cinema.”

The smart forstars will be premiered at the Paris Motor Show 2012 (29 September – 14 October 2012).  More details (and lots more cool pictures) are available at Daimler’s official press release page.

60 kW/ 81 hp Propel The Car To 81 Miles An Hour "Easily"

4 responses to "Smart Debuts ForStars, An Electric Sports Utility Coupe Concept"

  1. Delta says:

    Does anyone have any more info about the smart EV coming to Canada? I don’t see anything new on the smart websites.

    1. Jay Cole says:

      Yupe, sure. $29,990 for the Cabrio ($26,990 for hardtop) + freight & PDI. I talked to the Daimler exec about 3 weeks ago, first delivery is supposed to happen in April.

      There is a little talk of it in this story we did back in June:
      http://insideevs.com/smart-fortwo-electric-production-kicked-off-today/

  2. haroldC says:

    did they forget to tell us the range….guess the projector is more important.
    but we could follow 18 wheelers at night and watch a good movie on the back of the trailer
    l would prefer solar panels to a hot fishbowl in summer…..imagine the cost in battery power just to keep the inside cool.
    Jay,wud we get that $8000 rebate here in Quebec ?

    1. Jay Cole says:

      Range would be around 80-85 miles on the Forstar.

      I assume for the Quebec rebate you are talking about the smart cabrio and coupe in production now for the spring. Thankfully, both programs (ON/QC) have already vetted the car and have it approved.

      You get the full 8K in Quebec and 8.5k in Ontario (as the pack size is just about 18kWh). If your leasing in Quebec you get the standard rate as well, 12m-2K, 24m-4K, 36m-6K, 48m-8K.

      While we are on the topic of rebates in Quebec, the Volt’s extra .5 kWh now nets you 7,884.50 in the province over the 7,769.00 you used to get.