The lads and lasses at Smart have teased numerous different versions of their urban two-door in an effort to get more Americans to pay more attention to it. Car2Go is a worthy attention getter, and the Smart For-Us concept might be another, because who among us red-blooded U.S. of A'ers doesn't love a pickup truck – even one the size of a ladybug?

It "translates the practical loading concept of a pickup to the reality of 21st century urban traffic for the first time" with a longer wheelbase and wider track, a tiny bed, a 75-horsepower, 98-pound-foot electric motor, a "friendly yet assertive face" and (unlike other Smarts?) "extremely short overhangs."

We'll be at the Detroit Auto Show next month to capture all 11.6 feet of it. Until then, you can read about it in the press release after the jump and have a look at sketches in our high-res gallery of images.
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smart for-us: world premiere at the Detroit Motor Show: The Rule-Breaker

Stuttgart - Dec 07, 2011. smart is turning the automotive world upside down once again and challenging ideas about what an urban pickup should look like. In a tongue-in-cheek manner the for-us signals that this is the right car for the young and young-at-heart with active lives who attach importance to low emissions and taking up minimum road space. The smart for-us translates the practical loading concept of a pickup to the reality of 21st century urban traffic for the first time.

With its exterior dimensions (length/width/height: 3547/1506/1701mm) it could almost go unnoticed on the loading area of a typical pickup, and it also anything but ordinary under the body. Thanks to the state-of-the-art electric drive with a55 kW magneto-electric motor the zero-emission smart for-us is agile and lively to drive. It will celebrate its world premiere at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit (14 - 22 January 2012).

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!"

Like car2go, the globally successful car sharing initiative from smart for more flexibility in city traffic, the smart for-us is a mobility concept. It has plenty of room for two people and space for two smart ebikes behind them. Thanks to the docking station on the cargo area of the smart for-us their batteries are always charged, and smart for-us drivers can also reach destinations that are out of bounds for cars – for example traffic-calmed zones in the city or isolated park trails.

The design: sassy and robust with extremely short overhangs
Compared with the series-produced fortwo the smart for-us makes a powerful statement and its appearance plays with the martial image of conventional mega-pickups. Nevertheless, it greets the viewer with a friendly yet assertive face. It features convex and sensuously shaped body surfaces. The large brand emblem is proudly sported on the grille, and the front has a pronounced three-dimensional design with an underride guard finishing off the lower part of the front end.

The longer wheelbase (2480 mm/plus 613 mm) and the track that has been widened by 50 mm on each side also emphasise the robust look of the study. At the same time the extremely short overhangs at the front and rear make it exceedingly compact.

The tailboard at the rear of the smart for-us is electrically driven. When it opens first of all the cargo floor including tailboard retracts by 280 mm, then the tailgate slides down in a parallel position. The cargo on the 900 mm cargo area is then extremely easy to access.

Sleek, taut surfaces in mother-of-pearl white combined with precisely designed technical functional elements in brushed aluminium – the interior is characterised by contrasts. Like in the smart forvision, the whole cockpit boasts aerodynamic styling for interior ventilation. In place of a conventional rear-view mirror the smart for-us features a smartphone accommodated in a holder on top of the instrument panel support. The driver can see what is happening on the road behind with the help of an integrated video camera.

Stylish, uncomplicated, highly functional and easy to individualise – the two seats in the concept car are typically smart. The seat shells, which are open in the middle, are covered with a soft yellow fabric throw giving them a hammock-like seating feel.

Electric drive – zero-local-emission driving fun
The electric drive of the smart for-us is based on the innovative drive concept of the smart fortwo electric drive, which will be launched in the spring of 2012. Thanks to the 55 kW magneto-electric motor the smart for-us is agile and lively to drive. With 130 Newton metres of torque it boasts powerful, lag-free acceleration and it can overtake other vehicles with the greatest of ease. The maximum speed exceeds 120 km/h. The lithium-ion battery has capacity of 17.6 kWh.

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      I think this is great! Why not have this option. Sure, it can't haul a 4x8 sheet, but a couple bikes or some potting soil or plants from the garden center. Dogs would love riding out side, etc.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I kind of see this as a clubman version of a smart, if it had a proper've basically got a stretched wheelbase for more capacity. whether it's marketed as a pickup or not to me is besides the point. if i needed a bigger smart but still only 2 seats, I'd consider this over the upcoming smart forfour. i love smart cars and i love my smart fortwo, and I dont care if you dont.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Finally, a pickup truck with a bed large enough to put two bags of groceries in....
      • 3 Years Ago
      New name for this thing, " Smart ForWho?"
      • 3 Years Ago
      This would be perfect for my dwarf best friend and I'm not even trying to be a SmartAss.
      Alonzo Alex Clark
      • 3 Years Ago
      this just makes me sad .. its a cool design if you need a cart for gradening/micro landscaping but as a TRUCK! im just sad a dumb move by smart .... it mite make me feel a little better if i could imagen this lifted but i just cant
      • 3 Years Ago
      Finally, a way for me to get mocked at Home Depot!
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'd trade my 2000 Ford Ranger for one of these little puppies. Especially since FOAD ain't coming out with another Ranger.
      Timothy Tibbetts
      • 3 Years Ago
      Inspiration? Jump to 50 seconds.
      • 3 Years Ago
      For-Us as in you and I, or For-Us as in for U.S. customers? It would make an interesting beach buggy, but it's hard to pull a profit off a market of about seven people.
      Ace Convoy
      • 3 Years Ago
      ...All I see is a rear crumple zone.. not a pickup bed. I like it though, I like the fortwo but the tranny sucks.
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