The new Smart Forease echoes two previous Smart concept machines, the Crossblade and Forspeed
James Attwood, digital editor
1 October 2018

Smart has revealed a new concept car at the Paris motor show to mark its 20th anniversary:, an electric open-top two-seater called the Forease.

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

The Forease, which is on display at the Paris motor show, is finished in while with ‘stream green’ colour accents, which are also used to denote particular interior features.

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

These can be used to show content from a related smartphone app.

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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 2020. It has sold only EVs in the US, Canada and Norway since last year.

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?

Peter Cavellini.

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 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

what's life without imagination

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. 

2 October 2018


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