A new report indicates Smart is still analyzing the prospects of coming out with a small crossover.

A new report indicates Smart is still analyzing the prospects of coming out with a small crossover.

Last month we heard Daimler chairman Dr. Dieter Zetsche saying "... if we were to go for any expansion with the Smart family, then the SUV segment would definitely be one to go into." Now, Autocar says Mercedes-Benz is "seriously considering" a Smart crossover based on the new ForTwo/For Four platform also used by the Renault Twingo.

If green-lighted for production, the high-riding Smart model will take at least two and a half years to reach the market so don't expect it before 2018. It will likely be a little bit longer than the aforementioned ForFour (3.75 meters long) and aside from the jacked up suspension it should also get a more rugged design with plastic body cladding. There’s no word about the possibility of an optional all-wheel drive system.

The report goes on to specify the Smart crossover should carry a starting price of approximately £12,400 ($19,500 / €17,100).

Note: 2005 Smart ForMore concept pictured.

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