Mercedes-Benz's Smart division is pushing the urban-car envelope further with a concept vehicle it calls forstars that will make its debut at the Paris auto show.
The car's name is said to be a tongue-in-cheek reference to the glass roof above the passengers that gives a clear view of the starry sky.
Perhaps equally tongue-in cheek is the idea of including a video projector in the car's hood, thus allowing movie stars and their work to be projected on any nearby wall or surface
The electrically driven Smart forstars is described as a Sports Utility Coupé with room for two people and plenty of stowage space. Its dimensions are: (length – 350 mm / width – 1710 mm / height - 1505 mm)
Its Paris debut is almost a local affair as Smart's production facility is located in Hambach, Lorraine.
The colour of the expressive coupé is also a reference to the venue of the world premiere. It is painted in the extravagant colour, "alubeam rouge" that creates an appealing contrast to the matte metallic titanium colour of its tridion safety cell.
It is powered by a 60-kW magneto-electric motor from the new Smart BRABUS electric drive production model.
The Smart forstars is not just a mobility concept but a communication. The projector integrated into the hood can be operated via Bluetooth from an iPhone.
A high-quality sound system with additional loudspeakers in the vent openings behind the doors enables the drive-in cinema experience to be shared with friends.
Sassy and friendly in appearance, with extremely short overhangs, the forstars is immediately recognisable as a member of the Smart family, but it brings a new look to the party – including a silhouette that is said to preview the brand's future design idiom.
The convept vehicle has a longer wheelbase than the current Smart fortwo (2470 mm/plus 603 mm) and a wider track (front 1475 mm/plus 193 mm, rear 1475 mm/plus 90 mm) all of which emphasise a confident look, while extremely short overhangs at the front and rear make it exceedingly compact.
The Smart forstars shares its main body features with the Smart for-us, which was shown at the Detroit auto show in January
The smartphone also serves as a media source and controls the projector.
Don't expect to see the forstars in production any time soon, but don't be surprised if many of its styling features make it into the next-generation of Smart cars.