As Smart CEO Annette Winkler introduced the new For-us concept, she said, "We at Smart love pickups — if they are small on the outside, large on the inside, very safe and extremely comfortable."
Whether Smart really loves pickups or not, the vehicle is quite small, with a 98-inch wheelbase and just 139.6 inches long. As you can tell, the look is hardly that of a traditional pickup truck, but the design does allow Smart to wave the flag of added versatility. But let's be clear: This is not a compact or mini regular cab pickup truck. It's a modified minicar ready to hold some luggage in an open trunk. Still, there is some interesting technology here.
The motor in the concept is a 55-kilowatt-hour electric motor that is reported to allow for zero-to-60 mph times at or below 5 seconds. The lithium-ion battery pack can store 17.6 kwh of power and can be charged from 20 to 80 percent in about three-and-a-half hours whereas similar systems can take up to eight hours.
Admittedly, the bed area is not large, with about three feet of usable flooring space to hold cargo. There are only small changes to the standard Smart suspension on the concept, so we'd guess the payload capacity isn't much more than two fully grown adults.
The For-us concept did have two all-new Smart ebikes displayed in the cargo area. the bikes use high-performance parts such as Magura MT4 disc brakes and a USB connector for entertainment devices. The electric bikes can last as long as 60 miles and provide power assist as soon as the bike is pedaled. Pricing for the new bike and its technology was not available.
As with most concepts, no real-world or serious pricing was announced or discussed. Comedian Jon Lovitz came out to lighten up the mood with a few jokes before the For-us introduction. Whether the littlest pickup of the show makes it to production or whether it will remain the butt of a comedian's joke remains to be seen.