Coming soon, maybe: 50 percent more smart

Smart’s lone model is the fortwo, which can be had with a fixed roof or a drop-top. Either way, it seats two. For a while, they built a larger car with four seating positions, named, with disarming simplicity, the forfour: it was produced fortwo years and then discontinued for lack of sales.

Still, smart hasn’t given up on the idea of a slightly-bigger model: parent Mercedes-Benz has apparently filed for a patent for a three-seater version, which would inevitably be called the forthree. It’s a one-plus-two: the driver’s seat is up front, the passengers share the back half of the car.

If you covet this little darb but you’ve found the fortwo a bit confining, you should hope that smart gets around to building this thing forthwith.





6 comments

  1. Dick Stanley »

    4 August 2009 · 8:51 pm

    Two, three, or four. Either way you’re dead or crippled for life if anything bigger than a Toyota hits you on the freeway.

  2. Donna B. »

    4 August 2009 · 11:50 pm

    My sis has driven a smart car for two years now. In Scotland where lorries TRY to kill you… I’m not kidding!

    Hers runs on diesel and gets fantastic mileage. I hear that the U.S. version isn’t so great in that department. I don’t see that it’s much different mileage wise from the VW bug diesel at 40 mpg which seats four sort of comfortable once you get in and have no desire to move or fidget until you’ve reached your destination.

  3. McGehee »

    5 August 2009 · 6:59 am

    Dick, from the looks of those things I’d expect to be crippled for life if a discarded bagel hit me on the freeway.

    As for the .S. version not getting as good mileage as in the U.K., that’s why we have an EPA.

  4. McGehee »

    5 August 2009 · 6:59 am

    As for the .S. version not

    Um, U.S.

  5. CGHill »

    5 August 2009 · 7:18 am

    In terms of MPG, well, we don’t get the diesel version here, period.

    Most likely explanation: meeting current emissions standards would require some complicated measures — urea injection seems to be the most common — which would increase the price. Not so big a deal on, say, a Mercedes E-Class; problematic on a car aimed at the sub-$20k market, especially one with lowish production numbers. Europeans have taken diesels in stride. We haven’t, yet.

    Were I buying in this class, I would look first at the Honda Fit. (And maybe the Ford Fiesta, once it gets here.)

  6. APerson »

    5 August 2009 · 2:54 pm

    In Oklahoma the only dealer is in Tulsa so one has to drive up there for service or anything. Hope nothing ever goes wrong enough to warrent a tow.

    I agree with ignoring this car and looking into the Fit if one wants this size of a car.

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