Set to appear at Geneva, evolution of the brand's 20th anniversary Forease concept sports a roof and revised styling
James Attwood, digital editor
1 October 2018

Smart will show an evolved version of its Forease concept at next month's Geneva motor show. 

Previewed in a new sketch, the Forease+ concept car receives a roof and revises the styling of the Forease electric open-top two-seater shown at last year's Paris motor show to mark the brand's 20th anniversary.

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The machine is based on the Smart EQ Fortwo cabrio, and is intended as an “uncomplicated solution to urban mobility”. The Forease is marked out by a shorter windscreen, with two ‘domes’ behind the seats for safety in the event of an accident.

According to Smart, the Forease+ concept will be "as reduced and dynamic as its predecessor smart forease. The smart forease+ offers a “plus” for all weather conditions of urban metropolises".

The original Forease on display in Paris was finished in white with ‘stream green’ colour accents, also used to denote particular interior features.

Because the car was permanently open to the elements, Smart removed the air vents from the dashboard, replacing them with two extra digital displays.

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“The Forease embodies a refreshingly simple form of driving fun in the city, standing for urban electric mobility without compromise,” said new Smart boss Kartin Adt.

The EV powertrain is a nod to the future direction of Smart, which will become an electric-only brand in Europe from next year. It has sold only EVs in the US, Canada and Norway since 2017.

The Forease echoes two previous Smart concept cars: the Crossblade and Forspeed.

The 2002 Crossblade was a minimalist machine with no doors, roof or windscreen. Although it was conceived as a show car, it was put into limited production following a positive reception, with 2000 units produced.

The Forspeed, shown in 2011, was another open-top concept that previewed Smart’s electric drive system. As with the Crossblade, it also featured a wind deflector – shaped to mimic an aircraft propeller – in place of a windscreen.

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28 September 2018

 Four...e’? bit like Fork handles, Candles?, it’s an unusual name, don’t we think?

1 October 2018
Peter Cavellini wrote:

 Four...e’? bit like Fork handles, Candles?, it’s an unusual name, don’t we think?

 

No Peter Captain Obvious Spam Your Name Everywhere Cavellini, It's not like Fork Handles at all.

28 September 2018

Back to Henry Ford, any colour you like as long as it doesnt have a roof. Now as much as I actually like and would even consider for city, I dont live in a climate which allows open top 365 not even 65 (except this year was exceptional at 95. So equate that with the price and ..it aint just daft its plain ridiculous as only parts of Australia, the Sahara and not much inbetween can make use of it. Please stick a bloody roof on it

28 September 2018

...a jolly good fellow.

28 September 2018

... a successor to the Suzuki XC90. 

Just wish Smart would stop faffing about and reintroduce the Smart Roadster / Coupe from a few years back. The time is surely just right for it, maybe even an EV version?   

28 September 2018
"That's horrible".

29 September 2018

It won't ever go into production. I would say this is a nod to the facelifted version of the fortwo/forfour. 

21 February 2019
superstevie wrote:

It won't ever go into production. I would say this is a nod to the facelifted version of the fortwo/forfour. 

Presumably this may offer a better range in EQ versions, which at present are alarmingly low. It may be my only option since three door cars are almost extinct, new, and the ForTwo version is ideal since I would never, ever, be expected to ferry people about.  The only downside of the petrol ForTwo is that it now costs £140 to tax. Takes me right back to the 1990's when the PLG rates for cars really discriminated against drivers of small, sensible cars.

2 October 2018

Forfuxake.

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