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Here's a concept of an Americanized new SMART lineup courtesy of designer, Mark Stehrenberger. Mark is with MSD, a Santa Barbara-based design research and development group. The folks at Auto Motor und Sport asked MSD to ponder the question of what would make SMART more palatable in the States. Stehrenberger responded with sketches of bigger versions of the already enlarged fortwo.
Read on after the jump for more info.

[Source: Auto Motor und Sport via CarScoop]

Growing from under 9 to slightly more than 12 feet was the first step. And then the fun begins. Mark suggests that not only should these US SMARTs grow, but the lineup should as well. He proposes a 4 X 4 CUV variant, as well as a modern day Brat-like pickup. No rear-facing bed mounted seats in this one, but a similar stance and attitude. We were just talking about the sacrifices involved with SMART ownership with a local early adopter and grocery space is complaint number one. Power is a close second, but with a Noble M12 in his garage, he has options. All we can say is that we like the look of these sketches and hope DaimlerChrysler is smart enough (ha ha ha) to bring them to market. Click through the Read link for full size sketches of both models as well as the ForTwo and FourFour designs.


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      • 8 Years Ago
      All I can say I hope that they pay no attention to Mark Stehrenberger, those are the most idiotic ideas ever. The whole point of the Smart is that it doesn't take up more space than is needed to carry 2 people from their home to their destination. It is a runabout not a work horse, it is small,and economical. It is designed to replace the car you leave sitting in the parking spot for 9 hours, not to replace the car that goes to home depot or walmart. Leave it alone just hurry up and bring it out over here.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The best thing they could do would be to make it cheaper. At $12-15k it would enjoy similar populatiry the bug did in the 50's and 60's and for the same reasons. It would be a small relatively cheap (possibly second)car for when you just need basic economical transport over short distances. The price will ensure it never gains popular support in the states. From most peoples perspective they could get a "real" car for that kind of money. People want a small efficient runabout, but you have to keep the price enticing.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Smart isn't Escalade XLR (XTR) or F-150. If it's not tiny then it has no point
      • 8 Years Ago
      Re: Jaymez

      "two 300lb guys (at 6'2", that's not fat)"

      Yes that is. A BMI of 38.5 is well over the obesity mark at 30.
      • 8 Years Ago
      they lengthened it over 3 feet? that's so freakin stupid! that's the whole point of it.. it gets great gas mileage and is tiny, so it has such little impact that way.. bah!!
      • 8 Years Ago
      6'2" and three bills may be fat, but one of you guys can tell that to Warren Sapp.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Smart already had a four-door model called the ForFour; basically a rebranded Mitsubishi Colt with the Smart Tridion shell. They were also working on a CUV called the ForMore based on the MB C-Class platform. (http://www.channel4.com/4car/gl/gallery/spy+shot/1053/4)

      The ForMore was scrapped before making it to production and the ForFour was eliminated during Smart's restructuring along with the Roadster.
      • 8 Years Ago
      maybe the way to save gas in the US is to stop the population from eating. can you imagine, if everyone lost the 50-150lb of exta weight and dropped from 250-350 to just 180-200lbs than we would be carrying millions of lb's less everyday, improving the national average fuel economy
      • 8 Years Ago
      The entire purpose of the SMART is that it is small. It's designed to get a couple people from point A to point B, essentially a pod to commute office workers. Making it bigger? All that shows me is the person doing the design study doesn't understand the product. If you want something to haul $300 worth of groceries for your family of three overweight kids, go buy a new Saturn Vue. If you need to haul crap to a construction site or do a lot of other similar work buy a pickup. If you're like me and don't have kids, and primarily need to get to the office, grab a SMART.
      • 8 Years Ago
      thanks for this information
        • 7 Years Ago
        Thanks for creating this great article on the smart, I would like to personally invite you to the new smart site just launched.

        The new smart website is focused on the 451 smart fortwo ( 2008 smart car ) and its web address is: http://www.451s.com

        451s.com was created to help bring together worldwide smart owners and smart enthusiasts. While this site is focused on the 451 smart fortwo sold in America and Canada it is open to all smart's and the worldwide smart community.

        http://www.451s.com
      • 8 Years Ago
      Lowering the price is exactly what Smart should not do. The American public has been handed so much small car trash (Yugo, Festiva, Metro) in the past that they equate small cars with econo crap. Something that rides like a tin box, can barely get out of its own way, and falls apart in two years.

      Smart needs to push the fact that this is a premium small car; it has all the ride, features and build quality, of a "real car". MINI has embraced this design philosophy, and since there has been unwavering demand for the cars since their introduction in 2002, there must be enough people who agree with them. Unfortunately most people think you get what you pay for. While I don't think they should artificially inflate the price, I think they should not start stripping features and build quality just to get the price down to "econo box" levels.

      Cars are not lunch meat, you don't pay by the pound.