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now that's funny!

Magazines and blogs should really stop making renderings...it's quite obvious none of their editors really know anything about how to render a good looking car that's based on concept architecture...
I'm sure they are working with what they got, and on a slow news day... maybe too much time on their hands?
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Meta data says a rendering by Larson from AUTO BILD - "smart III for two"

Credit Lars Saeltzer

Not too attractive. Maybe more interesting if it's the same length as 451.
 

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This picture's gotta be hitting close to the mark. Auto Bild is important enough to have insider connections.
-I believe the 453 will indeed have an inside hood release lever.
-More than likely; the battery is now living under the hood.
-That means it's because the passenger seat had to be moved forward.
-I bet the tridion will be contacting the tail lights.
-Mirror caps and rockers will match tridion color.
-Blinkers moved out of headlight cluster and into front bumper the way God intended.
-Rear disks? Less restrictive stability control?
hoped they'd keep drums (2 less rims for me to clean)

-4 lugs probably guaranteed to happen.
More safety in case of a lost lug bolt?
Limited aftermarket rim choices needlessly limiting youth sales?
Or maybe it's a security patch against a known threat like 3-5 lug adapters for 24's
on Daystar lifted fortwos.

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-Will rear bumper lower valance really remain black plastic?
-Is tridion/rocker arm monoassembly covering over half the rear fenders to make it far less likely to cover up a T-boning?
-Does inside hood release also mean inside fuel door release?
-Will the inside trunk release be a lever also, or a button on the dash?
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-Will smart really go down to two 9006 hi-low bulbs?
Germans pull back on stalk for flash; not click-on click-off for high beams.
Even on autobahn vehicles least likely to pass.
It would also mean no more low beam projector lenses.
-OTOH, It might be too tight to replace four bulbs under that hood with the battery living there now.
 

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-More than likely; the battery is now living under the hood.
-That means it's because the passenger seat had to be moved forward.
While I am not an automotive engineer nor designer, common sense says;

Battery under bonnet - as the front bonnet is the only crumple zone on the smart I do not believe any safety engineer would suggest the battery become part of that zone? The potential of spewing battery acid over the interior of the vehicle versus the current footwell placement - I don't see the battery being moved forward.

Passenger seat moved forward - the seats are staggered to allow that two "go large" adults can sit next to each other. Move the seat forward and the 451 configuration would not allow proper shoulder room.

Credentials to support the above thesis - got a shade tree out in the back yard? :rolleyes:
 

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Most cars have the battery under the hood. Not a real safety issue. Would really like to see some small luggage space under there, or a space saver tire, and jack.

Moving the seat up or back would be like the Scion IQ.

Too many ?????? not any answers
 

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Moving the seat up or back would be like the Scion IQ.
Apples to oranges - sometimes the numbers speak for themselves . . .

Scion iQ Front Shoulder Room 53.1 inches.

smart fortwo Front Shoulder Room 48.0 inches or 5 inches more narrow thus the passenger/driver offset.

Scion iQ width 66.1 inches.

smart Fortwo width 61.4 inches or almost the same 5 inches more narrow.
 

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I love it. Modern but still the same concept. Love the headlights and the side sculpting. Plus a little bit of retro on the wrap around Tridion on the rear lights. Hope this is a true concept and they keep the general appeal the car has now. I would buy that as a replacement for my 2012 ForTwo.
 
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