Smart have announced that FourJoy concept is a preview for the up-coming four seat model which will be available for purchase in 2015 (and launched towards the end 2014).
As the brand`s global sales fell 6% to 65.256 in the first eight months, they seem to have rethought their concept creating a unit that ` will enable families to travel together ` (Annette Winkler smart boss) and hopefully turn into the success needed to boost the sales volume. The concept is developed in collaboration with Renault and its exterior dimension offers plenty of details regarding the manufacturer`s future four seat model (presumably called the ForFour).
There are numerous design elements that have not been changed, including the wheels positioned on the extreme outer points, the very short overhangs, the spherical instrument cluster and the tail lights integrated in the sturdy tridion cell.
However, the very pronounced tridion cell turns into a new feature now, made out of polished full aluminium with a bright luster finish on the concept but of high strength steel on the ForFour. The vehicle has no doors, roof panel or rear window and presents quite striking futuristic inspiration front seats and rear seat bench. The rear of the seats is made out of dark chrome. The seats and the instrument panel are supported by a central structure featuring a surface with tough sensitive operating functions.
The auto is powered by a 55 kW magneto-electric motor. It takes up to seven hours fully to charge the 17.7 lithium- ion battery when completely exhausted. The charging time can be shortened to less than an hour using a 22kW on-board charger together with a rapid charging cable. The production version will have either a 900cc three cylinder direct injection gasoline engine or the electric driveline available. Concerning the gearbox, it is expected to have the possibility from choosing between a conventional six speed manual or a seven speed dual clutch automatic.
The automaker also added helmets with high-definition cameras attached to them under the rear seats. These were designed to record & share longboard riding with friends on social media platforms.
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