Pollution-choked city centres don’t seem like the ideal place for driving around with the roof down, but that hasn’t stopped Daimler’s city car brand Smart from revealing its latest roofless take on the Smart Fortwo in an event prior to the Paris motor show, two decades on from the first Smart car hitting the roads.
The concept, making its debut at this year’s show, goes by the name ‘Forease’, and follows on from the Forspeed concept shown in 2011 and the Smart Crossblade, actually released as a production car in 2001, in lacking any sort of roof, or even weather protection, beyond a small windscreen.
Like the Forspeed but unlike the production Crossblade, the Forease uses a fully electric drivetrain, and the concept itself is driveable, based on a standard production Smart EQ Fortwo.
The Smart brand as a whole will sell only electric vehicles from 2020, so we’ll have to get used to the drivetrain. It’s not a bad sign of how far even basic electric vehicles have come along since the Forspeed concept debuted, given the production EQ Fortwo (and therefore the Forease) develops 82bhp to the Forspeed’s 47bhp, in a similar footprint.