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2005 Smart ForMore concept – Click above for an image gallery


Nearly every automaker on the planet has suffered from bouts of over-reaching and Smart is hardly an exception. Daimler's micro-car division succumbed to the desire to fill every conceivable niche a few years back, unsuccessfully adding roadsters and four-door models to its iconic two-door city car. But before the Smart Roadster and ForFour were sent off to camp, another model was in the works. Yes, Smart was planning a sport-utility vehicle. And someone's snagged some photos of the wisely canceled show car sitting in the back of a Mercedes warehouse in Germany.

Although it looks like a ForFour with some extra bits tacked on (note the unsuitable low-profile tires), sources suggest that this Smart crossover was actually based on the Mercedes GLK. Called the ForMore, the concept car was scheduled to make its debut at the 2005 Frankfurt show before Daimler pulled the plug on the entire program at the last minute. We can't help wonder if a similar initiative from BMW's Mini division will end up with the same fate.



[Source: Cardisiac via Jalopnik]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      it looks like there's a production-ready model sitting next to the concept. Wish I could see more of that one.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The smart forFour was a re-bodied Mitsubishi Colt built in the Netherlands. I drove a rental forFour around the Nordschliefe 4 years ago. Good handling for a Japanese based design. In Frankfurt last week I saw one forFour and one "smart" roadster. The roadster was a tight fit and it would be tough to get into if you were over six feet tall. Gordon Murray of McLaren had a roadster and loved it. The smart allroad was based on a Mercedes C "class" (?) which was cancelled and morphed into the GLK architecture. smart is all about marketing not engineering-the new car with the Mitsubishi engine sounds like a Vespa. smart forTwo- R&T test slalom speed = to the Dodge Durango and the RR Phantom.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The roadster was actually quite a capable little car. It seems it was just poorly marketed, and hit exactly the wrong price point, at nearly twice the price of the bubble car. It should have been cheaper, without being any simpler.

      The dependence on Mercedes is choking the life out of Smart. Let's hope it goes the way of Chrysler, eh? Smart under Fiat's control would make a lot more sense.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Rocketboy: Nice one. Now try reading the other paragraph.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The car was just rushed. If they would have had the car ready to go with durability in mind from day 1 then it wouldn't have been such an issue. It just cost the company far too much to even have it around. Wiki says 3000 euro per vehicle warranty costs were realistic estimates, that is a lot.
        • 6 Years Ago
        " It should have been cheaper, without being any simpler."

        So it would lose more money?
      • 6 Years Ago
      They should've given this a chance at an auto show. I think it would've gotten a lot of attention. Like someone said, price it around 20k, keep the weight down and have an economy and performance engine and there's a recipe for success.
      • 6 Years Ago
      What I don't like about Smart is that combination of structure and body panel in two colors. On a tiny car, like the ForTwo and even the Roadster, it could be original, an striking style, but on a car (or SUV) like this, it looks misplaced, like a vehicle built with other car parts and even unpainted...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Looks like a modified ForFour to me? Was the Roadster ever sold in North America?
      • 6 Years Ago
      I LIKE IT!
      The looks could be better, but the concept is smart (uuuugh).

      You can call it an "SUV", but its really a 5-door with a raised
      suspension. In Europe and many other countries, you don't need a
      Grand Cherokee (nor do you want to pay the fuel bill).

      Lets face it, Mercedes can make a vehicle like this and out their
      badge on it. Having Smart as the sub-brand would give them the
      ability to compete at the upper end of the non-luxury segement and
      not tarnish the Mercedes brand (anymore than they did).
        • 6 Years Ago
        I like it also, just make it simple, drop the pretend suv bits....
      • 6 Years Ago
      A bit off topic, but I always thought it'd be cool to have Smart or a spin-off brand have a full lineup of mainstream products. With eventual hand-me-downs from big brother Mercedes, they could build some world-class products.

      RWD-only platforms pose an issue though (AWD-only lineup like Subaru perhaps?).
      • 6 Years Ago
      why not just call it a Mercedes and price it at 20k??

      ForMore just sounds lame to me...ForMe, ForU,4ever, ForGoodness sake whos coming up with the names? a 10 year old?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wheels/tires/suspension height made me poop a little.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I dunno, I kinda like it. It makes more sense than the upcoming Mini CUV.
      • 6 Years Ago
      it doesn't look any more ridiculous than the current Smart thing.
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