A few days ago we showed here a first anticipation that smart has advanced a new concept that will be shown to the public and the press at the Frankfurt Motor Show 2017. Without any information about it, the image hinted at a project related to sustainable mobility. Well, now the brand has just revealed the new smart Vision EQ Concept. An interesting project with which the German brand intends to show its vision of the shared car in the cities in the future.
Standalone, connected and electric. These are the three main pillars on which the smart Vision EQ Concept was conceived. In the first case, the concept is equipped with the technology necessary to operate autonomously. In the future, according to smart, the autonomous cars will allow to make the use of the shared vehicles in the big cities more accessible, comfortable and efficient.
If we want the Vision EQ Concept to come to our location we will only have to use the smartphone. And as we can see in the pictures, the vehicle will be able to recognize the customer who will collect by showing their image and name on their front panel replacing the conventional grille. In place of the headlights uses LED screens. The same is true for rear lights that may look ‘normal’ or show some useful information for customers and the rest of drivers and pedestrians.
In terms of mechanics, as we have pointed out, the smart Vision EQ Concept is an electric vehicle. It is equipped with a 30 kWh lithium-ion battery pack that allows it more than enough autonomy to operate in urban cores. In addition, it benefits from all the advantages that a 100% electric mechanic receives to circulate.
The concept doors are covered by an intelligent film that can be activated as required. On the front panel, if the vehicle is not busy, it shows information useful to other citizens, such as local events, weather, news of interest or time. It will also allow users to combine car sharing simultaneously.
When two passengers are aboard the smart Vision EQ Concept, the huge 24-inch screen will display information of interest according to the users profile. Sports results and other current issues. For its design, was used as base the smart fortwo of body coupe. The concept measures 2,699 (length) x 1,720 (lattice) x 1,535 (height) mm.
2016 – SMART FORTWO BRABUS URBANLAVA
Smart presented to the German market a new and interesting limited edition for the sportiest version of its small urban model. Starting from the base of the new Smart ForTwo and ForTwo Cabrio Brabus, a special edition with the denomination ‘Urbanlava’ appears. A model that presents itself with a look of sinister and sporty air.
In terms of exterior, the new Smart Brabus Urbanlava have different specific details, such as an exclusive paint present on the front spoiler, side skirts, rearview mirror housings, as well as the rear diffuser. Practically all the elements that make up the body kit that wears the Brabus versions.
In addition, the exterior news is completed with a chrome finish exhaust outlet. On the other hand, the interior features a combination of colors matching the exterior. Many finishes and trimmings feature the same specific paint used on the aforementioned bodywork elements.
In the mechanical part is not new. Therefore, the two Smart Brabus Urbanlava, regardless of whether it is the coupe or cabriolet, are equipped with a revised engine to generate 109 hp and 170 Nm maximum torque, coupled with a Twinamic dual-clutch and six-speed transmission, also modified by German coach.
In relation to its price, in Germany the new Smart Brabus ForTwoUrbanlava is available from 17,990 euros, while in the case of Cabrio body, the price rises to 21,990 euros. For now, Smart has not confirmed the number of units that will be on sale or when they will be available.
2016 – SMART FORTWO CABRIO
A few months after the presentation of the new generation of the Smart Fortwo , the cabriolet version now comes on the market. The new Smart Fortwo Cabrio will be presented to the public at the Frankfurt Motor Show, with the small convertible being available for order in November and the first units arriving on the market in February 2016.
At 2,690 mm in length, 1,660 mm wide and 1,550 mm high, the new model continues to be characterized by the retractable roof tritop, with removable roof bars – which can be stored in a separate compartment in the trunk . Available in bargain blue, red and black colors, the fabric cover opens and closes in 12 seconds, regardless of speed, and can be operated from the outside with a button on the switch. The soft-top has an area of 1.8 m2 – 4% more than in the previous model -, consisting of a polyacrylic fabric with a mixture of polyester and cotton, as well as a layer of rubber inside. In all the cover has a thickness of 20 mm. The rear window glass of this version is made of glass and is heated.
The new Smart Fortwo Cabrio has a 15% higher torsional stiffness and features structural reinforcements compared to the coupe, including a steel crosshead and two underbody guards as well as a tube inside the high strength steel A-pillars.
The Smart Fortwo Cabrio is equipped with well-known gasoline three-cylinder engines producing 71 and 90 hp, which can be combined with a five-speed manual or dual six-speed Twinamic clutch.
The new Fortwo Cabrio will be available in three levels of equipment – Passion, Prime and Proxy – and features the integration system of the Mirrorlink smartphone, Urban Style pack – which includes a lowered kit and black wheel arches. An optional wind deflector is also available. Among the driver assistance systems, it features state-of-the-art ESP with crosswind assist and uphill support, frontal collision warning and lane maintenance assistant.
2016 – SMART FORTWO LORINSER
The 109 bhp of the new Smart Brabus represents the maximum power available in the brand, as long as we refer strictly to production models. As usual, the world of tuning goes further, and Lorinser is a good example of this. The German preparer already offers a complete program for the small urban.
After passing through the hands of specialists of Lorinser, the turbo engine of 0.9 liters and three cylinders reaches new numbers thanks to a modified electronic management. In the Smart Fortwo the standard power is 90 hp (leaving aside the Brabus version), and thanks to this new ECU, the power increases by another 24 hp and the maximum torque goes up by 45 Nm.
The result is 114 hp at 5,400 rpm and a maximum torque of 180 Nm. This allows the ForFour to reach 184 km / h, while the maximum speed of the Fortwo rises to 168 km / h thanks to the increase in power .
The modifications proposed by Lorinser do not end here, as it also has an aerodynamic kit for the body of the Smart Fortwo that includes a front lower spoiler, side skirts and a rear diffuser. The dual exhaust sport exhaust is in the center position. Also available are a sporty lowered suspension and unique 17-inch alloy wheels in silver or black.
The interior features small touches of sportiness through metal pedals, specific rugs and ‘Lorinser’ logos. A good alternative to the Smart Fortwo Brabus for those who own a standard Fortwo and demand more power accompanied by small doses of sportiness. The price of electronic reprogramming with a new ECU providing the extra 24 cv will be 990 euros with taxes included, price for the German market. The aerodynamic kit did not have its price disclosed.