According to a new report out of Germany, the crossover would be based on an all-new platform that will also underpin the next-generation fortwo. With a higher ride-height and more aggressive off-road style it is also expected to be the first Smart to offer all-wheel drive.
While a seemingly far-fetched idea, it’s really not. After all, MINI now offers a crossover (the Countryman) and recently launched its new Paceman model, which is essentially a crossover coupe. As for Smart, it’s not yet known if they plan to offer a two-door or four-door model… or both. The move makes sense with sub-compact crossovers starting to become a popular segment, with cars like the Nissan Juke, while Honda plans its own soft-roader based of the Fit.
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Over the past few years Smart has showcased numerous crossover-style concept cars, including the ForStars concept (above). A more realistic concept is expected to be revealed next year.
GALLERY: Smart ForStars Concept
[Source: Auto Motor und Sport]