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2002 Smart Crossblade

At the 71st Automobilsalon in Geneva, the Micro Compact Car smart GmbH (MCC smart) will be presenting the study of an open leisure car uncompromisingly designed for blue skies and high spirits. The fun car is an unconventional vehicle which goes by the name of "smart crossblade". In presenting this study, MCC’s design engineers are demonstrating the broad scope of diversity harboured by the smart concept. The concept car does without a roof, doors and a conventional windscreen. Crossblade drivers cruise along in the open air, enjoying the bracing breeze in their face. The "smart crossblade" appeals to active people for whom fitness and dynamism are indispensable attributes of their leisure pursuits. The car is intended to provide these drivers with an exhilarating feeling of motion such as they can otherwise only experience with rollers under their shoes - on roller blades or skateboards.

The colour scheme of the "smart crossblade" also represents a striking departure from the conventional. Its emphatically sporty bodypanels come in a gloss black finish, contrasting with the matt titanium grey powder-coated finish of the TRIDION safety cell. The grilles of the air inlets at the front and the cover for the silencer in the rear spoiler also feature a titanium grey finish. Plastic interior trims in am identical grey tone provide for colour-coordinated highlights. In contrast, the seats feature firey red upholstery. The discrete leather fittings are dyed black. A transparent wind shield which looks like the visor of a helmet is fitted over the cockpit area. The "smart crossblade" has adopted the double elliptical front headlamps from the Cabrio. The special rear lights on the study consist of LED fittings under clear glass covers.

Following the smart roadster and the smart Coup� show cars, this open-air mobile from MCC smart once again demonstrates the diverse range of possibilities embraced by the ultra-compact city car concept. The "smart crossblade" is based on the all-weather, all-seasons Cabrio, but uncompromisingly does without any provisions to afford protection from wind and weather. In developing all key aspects of the prototype, the smart designers and development engineers have accorded due consideration to possible road transport licensing - including the smart safety concept.

The appearance and features of this concept car represent a deliberate departure from the conventional all-round requirements for motor vehicles and underline its clear emphasis on fun and leisure. Its technical concept, on the other hand, retains virtually all the defining attributes of the smart city car concept: The "smart crossblade" is compact, safe and economical, and offers high-quality des

ign and workmanship.

The sporty two-seater is only 2590 millimetres in length. It is 1550 millimetres wide and 1450 millimetres high. Its steel TRIDION safety cell has been provided with panelling in the form of newly designed plastic bodypanels. The car is powered by a three-cylinder turbo engine with a cubic capacity of only 599 cc, offering a power output of 60 HP and a maximum torque of 64 lbs-ft. Together with the automated, sequential six-gear transmission, it forms a drive module which is mounted in front of the rear axle. The exhaust system of the "smart crossblade" ends in twin exhaust pipes which protrude from a recess in the centre of the rear apron. The puristic smart fun mobile runs on size 185/45 R 15 tyres, mounted on seven inch wide aluminium wheels in three-spoke design.



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