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Frankfurt LIVE: smart fourjoy concept

The fourjoy previews the upcoming four-seater smart.

The smart fourjoy concept has been unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

Stretching 137 inches long, 77 inches wide and 58 inches high, the fourjoy is defined by soft lines that are highly reminiscent of the forstars concept that debuted in Paris last year. It is devoid of doors, windows and a roof, giving occupants an unobstructed view of the world outside. Like all previous smarts, the fourjoy protects its occupants with a tridion safety cell crafted out of aluminum.

The interior boasts a futuristic dashboard, shell-shaped seats, a spherical instrument cluster that harks back to the original smart car and a single-spoke steering wheel. An iPhone that mounts horizontally on a docking station integrated into the center stack replaces the traditional touch screen.

The fourjoy is powered by an electric drivetrain consisting of a 55-kilowatt electric motor and a lithium-ion battery pack. The pack can be recharged in seven hours when plugged into a regular household outlet or in less than an hour by using a quick charger.

Two electric longboards stored on the roof of the concept make it possible for the occupants to meander around a city with ease. Two helmets and a detachable high-definition camera are stored in a compartment located behind the rear seats.

While the fourjoy will not make production as-is, its overall shape and dimensions accurately preview the four-door smart that will land in showrooms across Europe late next year. Tentatively called forfour, a nameplate last used in 2006, the car will share its chassis and its rear-engined layout with the next generation of the Renault Twingo.

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