Cutesy concept follows a long line of cutesy concepts from Smart

Smart is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, and it’s bringing the Foresee Tiny Speedster to the Paris Motor Show to commemorate the occasion. The Foresee is the latest concept in a long line of concepts to come out of smart, taking after other memorable creations like the Crossblade and the Forspeed. As it is, the Foresee is still a concept, and a production model is unlikely in the cards.

The 2019 Smart Forease Concept Looks Adorable and Cute at the Paris Motor Show
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We’ve seen this song-and-dance number from smart before. Daimler’s compact car brand has a reputation for developing zany-looking concepts. The Crossblade and the Forspeed are top-of-the-mind mentions, but let’s not forget other prototype beauties like the Fourstars, For-Us, and FourJoy.

The Forease Tiny Speedster is a fitting new member to the family tree.

It has a short windscreen and no roof, a combination that smart adopted on the Crossblade that was unveiled way back in 2002.

The absence of a roof emphasizes the roll hoops and ducktail spoiler at the back. Notice how these two elements are actually integrated together? Speaking of design tricks, the concept also comes with door handles that are recessed in the door.

Up front, the Forease Tiny Speedster continues to imbibe the spirit of Smart concepts from the best. The headlamps feature three vertical LED lamps, arranged like three columns bundled together. We haven’t seen this specific headlamp layout from Smart before, but that’s exactly the point. The company never runs out of new headlamp designs. The overall profile of the Forease Tiny Speedster fits what a Smart model looks like. It’s small, compact, and doesn’t offer much in the way of luxury. But its size is its own calling card, in large part because the company has made a name for itself as a go-to brand for customers looking to conquer urban jungles all over the world.

The 2019 Smart Forease Concept Looks Adorable and Cute at the Paris Motor Show
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As it is, Smart actually has the EQ Fortwo Cabriolet as a production model that can fill in for the Forease Tiny Speedster.

Let it be said, though. Smart’s newest concept is one for the books. It’s not going to win any design awards anytime soon, but it is a good reminder that Smart has always had a knack for designing memorable concept vehicles. The company is on the verge of becoming an EV-only brand — it already is in the U.S., Canada, and Norway — in Europe in 2020. Here’s to hoping that when that time comes, and a wave of new models come into the picture, a production version of the Forease Tiny Speedster arrives with the whole family.

Further reading

2018 Smart ForEase Concept
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Read our full review on the 2018 Smart ForEase Concept.

2017 Smart ForTwo Electric Drive High Resolution Exterior
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Read our full review on the 2017 Smart ForTwo Electric Drive.

2017 Smart Fortwo Cabriolet High Resolution Exterior
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Read our full review on the 2017 Smart Fortwo Cabriolet.

Note: all images courtest of Mercedes-Benz.

On the eve of the 2018 Mondial de l’Auto Paris, Mercedes-Benz showcased the latest member of its premium SUV family, the new GLE. More than 400 invited guests witnessed the world premiere of the SUV trendsetter at the brand’s "Meet Mercedes" event. As in previous years, the Hotel Molitor, with its Art Deco design and street-art elements, provided the perfect setting for the popular event format. Besides a best-in-class cd figure of 0.29, the GLE also offers a compelling new operating concept, innovative driver assistance systems, a new engine line-up and considerably more space.

“21 years ago, we founded the premium SUV segment with the M-Class. Since then, the importance of these models has continuously increased – not only for us, but also for the whole industry,” says Britta Seeger, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG, responsible for Mercedes-Benz Cars Marketing & Sales. “That’s strong motivation for us to make the GLE even better. Families will enjoy the additional space; business people will be happy about the improved connectivity and fans of the outdoors will love its new driving capabilities.”

The new Mercedes-Benz GLE is packed with innovations. One world first is the 48-volt E-ACTIVE BODY CONTROL active suspension, while the driver assistance systems go one step further with Active Tailback Assist. The interior is even bigger and more comfortable, with an optional third row of seats. The infotainment system comes with bigger screens, a full-colour head-up display with a resolution of 720 x 240 pixels and MBUX interior assist, which can recognise hand and arm movements for convenient operation. The exterior design exudes not only presence and strength but also sets a new aerodynamics best-in-class in the SUV segment.

At Meet Mercedes at the Molitor, the former iconic swimming pool converted into a luxury hotel in 2014, invited journalists enjoyed an exclusive insight into several new products and technologies from the brand with the three-pointed star. Also unveiled alongside the new GLE were the Mercedes-AMG A 35 4MATIC (fuel consumption combined 7.4-7.3 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined 169-167 g/km) and the smart forease show car, which will celebrate their world premieres tomorrow at the Mercedes-Benz press conference at the 2018 Mondial de l’Auto Paris. Another world premiere scheduled for tomorrow is that of the new Mercedes-Benz B-Class. Celebrating its show premiere is the EQC, the first battery-electric vehicle from the EQ product and technology brand.

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