Smart has revealed more photos and details of the for-us Concept ahead of its public debut at the North American International Auto Show later today. Smart previewed the urban pickup concept one month ago with design sketches.
The electrically driven for-us builds on the smart forspeed and smart forvision concepts presented in 2011 and sets to facetiously challenge the American perception of "bigger is better". Looking a little deeper, the tongue-in-cheek concept also challenges the cowboy persona of the mega-pickups and questions how many pickup truck owners in America actually use their vehicles for heavy duty carrying use?
smart CEO Dr. Annette Winkler says "We at smart love pick-ups - if they are small on the outside, large on the inside, very safe and extremely comfortable. With the smart for-us a petrol station is no longer required!"
The tiny two-seater pickup measures 3547/1506/1701mm (L,W,H). It features an electrically powered tailboard that opens and retracts inwards to provide a 35-inch (900mm) cargo area that can hold and recharge two smart ebikes with a built in docking station.
The For-Us is driven by a 55 kW (75 hp) magneto-electric motor, the same one used in the smart fortwo electric drive, and produces 130 Nm (96 lb-ft) of torque. Maximum speed exceeds 120 km/h (75 mph) and the lithium-ion battery has a capacity of 17.6 kWh.
Check out the press release below for further details.