by Adrian-Liviu Dorofte

PREVIEW: New smart forvision concept set for the stage of IAA 2011

After the 'forspeed' showcar was unveiled back in March at the Geneva Auto Salon, smart is bringing to Frankfurt a new concept designed to envision the design philosophy to be featured on the next generation of the fortwo model: the new 'forvision' follows on the trail of the previous prototype and proposes a dynamic approach for the urban car of tomorrow.

The smart forvision comes styled in quite the same manner as the 'forspeed', which means a rounded body with intricate lines and profiles to deliver an aerodynamic appearance, a radiator grille with hexagonal holes, oval headlamps and tail lights with LED technology, a candy-like white paint finish for the front fascia, lower section of the doors, tailgate, rear bumper and wheel arches and a glossy, goldish paint finish for the roof, the B-pillar and the door sills.

Engineers have put their best skills at work to create the 'forvision', sporting an all-electric powertrain and several equipments and breakthroughs which are absolute premieres in its class. They colaborated with chemistry experts from BASF and came up with impressively lightweight wheels constructed out of state-of-the-art plastic compounds that ensures an overall mass of just three kilograms each. Other astonishing technical solutions include the intelligent sunroof designed to feed extra energy into the Li-Ion batteries and the use of a carbon fiber epoxy resin to build the ultrafuturistic passenger shuttle and the doors, which also contributes to save important kilos compared to common compound such as stainless steel or aluminium.

Stay tuned to Mercedes-Benz-Blog as more official details follow the upcoming period! In the mean time, enjoy the preliminary photos of the smart forvision concept!

Source: Daimler AG

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