Smart's compact zero-emission pick-up concept called Smart For-us has been seen for the first time at its official debut at the Detroit motor show today. The concept hints at the next For-four and is a tongue-in-cheek attempt to make the pick-up-loving American market take a wider interest in the compact car brand.
The Smart For-us – a name chosen to reflect the US's fondness for pick-ups - the electric powered two seater has been conceived as part of a plan to further extend the scope of the future Smart line-up through the addition of new models. Smart officials are quick to point out that no firm decisions have been made on a production future for the new urban based utility vehicle.
Various styling elements along with the basic dimensions and newly developed platform of the For-us are said to mirror those of the upcoming second-generation For-four, which is being developed in partnership with Renault.
Combining styling cues first established on the smaller Smart For-vision concept revealed at the Frankfurt motor show back in September together with typically rugged contemporary pick-up design elements, the For-us uses an electrically powered cargo tray that motors out by 280mm at the rear to ease loading. Traditional smart elements include largely unadorned body panels and a two tone colour scheme.