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The third generation smart - explanation of the design.

The new smart – FUN.ctional design.

An explanation of the third generation smart.

The new features.

The smart design ist puristic and very progressive. It mirrors what smart stands for: FUN.ctional design. The brand is defined by the two poles – heart and brain. The typical attributes like the silhouette with its ultrashort overhangs, the clear lines and surfaces, and the friendly face were transferred into a new era. The bonnet underlines the new sculptural features of the shapes, featuring a sporty and powerfully downward sweep between the headlamps. The current smart features the so-called “one and a half box” design, an evolutionary development of the outline.

The new features of the third smart generation.

The higher bonnet made the smart seem more grown up and sporty. This simultaneously contributed to complying with the stricter requirements to pedestrian protection and passive safety without enlarging the proportions.

The Honeycomb pattern of the third generation smart

The honeycomb pattern.

The typical smart front panel has been enlarged and crucially contributes to the current smart’s friendly appearance. The perforated structure of the front panel is shaped by a honeycomb pattern – a design element smart designers already announced in show cars and which can be seen in many other areas on the outside and inside. The now larger smart logo in the centre of the front panel has become three-dimensional, almost sphere-shaped, and goes well with the more sensual shapes of the smart. The U-shaped daytime running lamps create a characteristic design, the significantly more pronounced shoulder line is also new, creating a visual barrier between vehicle body and greenhouse.

The honeycomb pattern.

The typical smart front panel has been enlarged and crucially contributes to the current smart’s friendly appearance. The perforated structure of the front panel is shaped by a honeycomb pattern – a design element smart designers already announced in show cars and which can be seen in many other areas on the outside and inside. The now larger smart logo in the centre of the front panel has become three-dimensional, almost sphere-shaped, and goes well with the more sensual shapes of the smart. The U-shaped daytime running lamps create a characteristic design, the significantly more pronounced shoulder line is also new, creating a visual barrier between vehicle body and greenhouse.

The Honeycomb pattern of the third generation smart

What is typically smart?

The tridion cell is particularly typical of the smart, not only lending sculptural volume, but also representing a visually unique attribute that is already visible from a distance. The use of different colours for bodypanels and tridion cell is a signature feature. Its characteristic features further include the outline with ultra-short overhangs, clear lines and forms as well as the likeable face that significantly contributes to the typical smart front panel. The current smart fortwo once again features the two-piece liftgate to facilitate loading in even the tightest of spaces.

Third generation smart design sketch from the side.
The differences and similarities between the smart generations.

Similarities and differences.

Many design features, such as the headlamps, front radiator grille panel and the iconic tridion safety cell are identical in the smart fortwo and forfour. Both also feature a rear-mounted engine, which makes them particularly agile in urban traffic. Technical factors require bumpers that are adapted down to the last detail. The most striking difference between fortwo and forfour is the silhouette: the smart fortwo features a large door that stretches into the B-pillar with a frameless window.

The brand image is supplemented by a characteristic bead in the centre of the doors. It merges with the tank cap on the right and the air inlet for the rear-mounted engine on the left. From the side, the smart forfour features the same elements as the fortwo plus an additional door and a longer tridion cell. The overhangs appear as short as those of its smaller counterpart. The roof line of the forfour is coupé-like and drops towards the rear.

Third generation smart interior design sketch.

What has changed in the interior?

A dynamic loop is the continuous signature on the inside, adding an emotional dash to elements including the instrument panel and the doors. The sculptured instrument panel consists of a powerful and sensual outer part optionally available with a fabric lining and a concave trim on the inside housing the functional elements. The instrument cluster and the infotainment centre featuring radio and navigation unit in a modern consumer electronics style were positioned in front as additional elements. The eyeball vents reminiscent of turbine engine units remain true to the product style and represent typical features, as does the free standing central touchscreen with its seven-inch display.

What has changed in the interior?

A dynamic loop is the continuous signature on the inside, adding an emotional dash to elements including the instrument panel and the doors. The sculptured instrument panel consists of a powerful and sensual outer part optionally available with a fabric lining and a concave trim on the inside housing the functional elements. The instrument cluster and the infotainment centre featuring radio and navigation unit in a modern consumer electronics style were positioned in front as additional elements. The eyeball vents reminiscent of turbine engine units remain true to the product style and represent typical features, as does the free standing central touchscreen with its seven-inch display.

Third generation smart interior design sketch.

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