Just days after being teased on social media, the Smart Vision EQ Fortwo concept has been revealed ahead of the Frankfurt motor show.
Launching under parent Mercedes-Benz’s new ‘EQ’ electric sub-brand, the Smart Vision EQ Fortwo show car measures a diminutive 2699mm long, 1720mm wide and 1535mm tall, and potentially previews the next-generation of the urban carmaker’s smallest model, the Fortwo.
The vehicle is envisioned as a future solution for urban public transport, picking up passengers directly from their chosen location while generating zero emissions from its all-electric powertrain.
Up front is a 44-inch ‘Black Panel Grille’ that displays messages to help users recognise it is “their” vehicle, while projection-friendly surfaces on the sides allows “unprecedented individualisation” of the vehicle, which Smart says makes it ideal for ride-sharing services.
Inside, the Smart Vision EQ Fortwo concept is the first of the Daimler Group’s vehicles to forgo a steering wheel and pedals, with vehicle functions controlled via a personal mobile device or voice inputs.
The company says by dispensing with the traditional vehicle controls, the vehicle appear more spacious, as does the white interior colour scheme. At the centre of the dashboard is a 24-inch display finished with a rose-gold-coloured frame, flanked by two additional 4.0-inch displays that can be used for simple messages like “hello” and “welcome”.
Other interior highlights include man-made leather trim, a wide lounge-like bench seat with room for two passengers – which also sports a retractable centre armrest – along with numerous stowage cubbies under the seat and on the floor.
Another space-saving method is seen in the side doors, which pivot in a wing-like opening over the rear axles to make access easier while also creating visual flair. The door design also reduces the danger of colliding with cyclists and pedestrians.
“The smart vision EQ fortwo is our vision of future urban mobility; it is the most radical car sharing concept car of all: fully autonomous, with maximum communication capabilities, friendly, comprehensively personalisable and, of course, electric,” said Annette Winkler, Smart’s CEO.
“With the smart vision EQ fortwo, we are giving a face to the themes with which Mercedes-Benz Cars describes the vision of future mobility within the CASE strategy.”
The CASE strategy that Winkler references is Daimler and Mercedes-Benz’s strategy for future mobility – Connected, Autonomous, Shared & Services and Electric.
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