Это был первый концепт-кар Smart, в котором дизайнеры марки всерьёз затронули тему популярных нынче кроссоверов. Оставаясь, по сути, двухместным сити-каром, Crosstown выглядел практически как внедорожник.

Название: Smart Crosstown

Дебют: Франкфуртский автосалон, 2005 год

Спецификация: построен на агрегатах Smart Fortwo, гибридная силовая установка с 61-сильным 3-цилиндровым бензиновым ДВС 1.0 и 31-сильным электромотором, роботизированная коробка передач, максимальная скорость 135 км/ч.

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Потому что это был первый концепт-кар Smart, в котором дизайнеры немецкой марки затронули тему крайне популярных в настоящее время кроссоверов. Лишь через год после него компания показала небезызвестный красный шоу-кар ForFun2, представлявший собой биг-фут Fortwo, взгромоздившийся на шасси утилитарного Mercedes-Benz Unimog 406.

Разрабатывая Crosstown, инженеры и дизайнеры Smart хотели показать насколько велик потенциал маленького сити-кара Fortwo, который, как ни трудно догадаться, лёг в основу прототипа. При колёсной базе 1,9 м, длине 2,68 м, ширине и высоте 1,58 м концепт был довольно близок по габаритным размерам к продававшейся тогда серийной трёхдверке. Для сравнения: длина, ширина и высота Fortwo составляла 2,5 м, 1,51 м и 1,55 м соответственно.

Концепция Smart Crosstown 2005 года

Дебютировавший в рамках мотор-шоу во Франкфурте псевдовнедорожный двухместный автомобильчик как и прочие «Смарты» получил прочную стальную капсулу Tridion матового титанового колера, на которую были навешены сменные цветные пластиковые панели. Всё в точности, как у серийных моделей компании. С той лишь разницей, что формой кузова Crosstown напоминал Wrangler. Среди любопытных «фишек» автомобиля помимо полностью складного мягкого верха было съёмное и убирающееся под капот ветровое стекло, как у внедорожника Jeep, а ещё боковые двери на внешних петлях, опять же как у «Рэнглера».

Концепция Smart Crosstown 2005 года

Минималистичный интерьер концепта покажется знакомым большинству владельцев «Смартов». Притом, что в нём можно встретить такие элементы серийных Fortwo актуального на тот момент первого поколения (под индексом 450), как подрулевые переключатели, подстаканник и каркасы сидений, на оригинальной передней панели с футуристичным приборным щитком под цветным пластиком вы также увидите воздуховоды и регуляторы климатической системы почти как у следующего поколения Fortwo (451), представленного двумя годами позже.

Концепция Smart Crosstown 2005 года

Из прочих особенностей салона концепта стоит отметить большой запираемый перчаточный ящик в половину передней панели и накладки на педали в стилистике горных велосипедов. Удивительно, но такой оригинальный и довольно интересный прототип в Smart был создан всего за каких-то полгода. Сделав за неделю эскизы концепта и макет в масштабе 1:4, креативная команда проекта приступила к созданию полноразмерной пластилиновой модели в апреле 2005 года. А уже к августу прототип был полностью готов к фотосессии и затем к появлению на подиуме.

Концепция Smart Crosstown 2005 года

Всего было создано по меньшей мере два прототипа Smart Crosstown. Один из них с жёлто-зелёными кузовными панелями и такого же цвета приборным щитком, а также с сиденьями, обтянутыми комбинацией потертой состаренной кожи и алькантары. Другой – с серыми панелями, красным пластиком приборов перед глазами водителя и креслами с обивкой из серой алькантары с красной контрастной строчкой.

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К большому сожалению, как и многие другие интересные идеи, представленные на многочисленных концепт-карах Smart, псевдовнедорожный Crosstown не дошёл до конвейера. Он остался в статусе шоу-кара, хотя его имя в 2017 году всё же было использовано немцами для овнедорожненной модицикации Smart Forfour второго поколения.

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Smart Crosstown Showcar

A totally new approach, yet instantly recognizable as a smart

smart has a surprise in store for visitors to this year's Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA): the world premiere of the smart crosstown show car. Though there's no denying its close relationship to the smart fortwo, this show car seems to have been designed with quite different uses in mind. However one thing is clear: the smart crosstown demonstrates just how much is possible on the basis of the smart fortwo, and shows that the fortwo's unique concept still harbours a great deal of potential.

Its close relationship to the ultra-short two-seater can be seen not least in the compact dimensions. With a wheelbase of barely 1.90 metres and short overhangs (40 centimetres at the front and 39 at the back), the smart crosstown has an overall length of just 2.68 metres, with a width and height each of around 1.58 metres. For purposes of comparison, the smart fortwo is 2.50 metres long, with a wheelbase of 1.81 metres. It has a width of 1.51 metres, and is 1.55 metres high.

With features such as a stowaway windscreen, the smart crosstown seems at first to have much in common with an off-roader. However, it is on the streets of the big city (although not exclusively) that it feels most at home. In other words, the smart crosstown has the same area of application as the smart fortwo. But there's a difference: because of the puristic way in which the vehicle concept has been interpreted, this car turns every drive into an urban jungle adventure.

Close relationship to the smart fortwo yet its own, distinctive character

While the smart crosstown show car has a distinctive character all of its own, the defining features typical to a car made by smart are immediately apparent. One such key feature is the tridion safety cell, which is made from high-strength steel and which, in the case of the smart crosstown, has been coated with matt titanium. The contrasting bodypanels (the smart crosstown's are in matt metallic green) follow the smart principle of using two different materials in two different colours. That's just one of the features that make smart cars -including the smart fortwo and the smart forfour - stand out from the mass of other vehicles on the road.

In addition to the smart crosstown's extremely unconventional design, the vehicle's steeply-angled windscreen is a particularly striking feature. The vehicle becomes even more striking when (once the electric convertible roof has been opened) the front windscreen is removed and stowed right away underneath the front lid. smart's intention of making technology visible is backed up by a number of appropriately-positioned functional elements: the side doors for example, like the front lid, have their hinges on the outside.

Totally new interpretation of features reveals great scope for design freedom

The interior of the smart crosstown is not just characterised by features that already appear in the smart fortwo. It also includes a whole series of features that have been completely reinterpreted. On the one hand, this goes to show just how much creative scope this concept represents. And on the other hand, the interior of the smart crosstown gives an initial indication of how an instrument panel might look that meets US standards, while still retaining smart's characteristic sense of spaciousness.

One of the vehicle's key interior design elements is its instrument panel. In contrast to the smart fortwo, the instrument panel here is very linear, and adorned with graffiti, which serves to highlight the individuality of this vehicle. Another new feature of the instrument panel is a large, lockable storage compartment that extends from the passenger door right into the middle of the vehicle, with a switch strip integrated into the lid. In a central position on the instrument panel is the control unit, which includes connection ports for PDA and USB sticks. The interior also offers such offbeat features as used-look leather, skate wheels and pedals styled on mountain bike pedals.

Low fuel consumption coupled with lots of driving pleasure

Following on from the presentation of a hybrid drive concept for the smart fortwo at the 2001 Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA), smart is now presenting a complete vehicle with hybrid drive: the smart crosstown. This show car demonstrates that smart has the potential to offer environmentally-friendly drives not just in the present, but in the future as well. And what's more, it shows that it is possible to have the best of both worlds: low fuel consumption and a high degree of driving pleasure.

To what extent and when a drive concept of this kind will be available for the smart fortwo or the smart forfour has not yet been decided. But one thing is certain: with the smart fortwo cdi and the smart forfour cdi, smart already offers vehicles that consume a very small amount of fuel indeed. From spring 2006, the smart fortwo cdi and the smart forfour cdi will be available with diesel particle filters. Until then, all customers of our authorised smart dealers in Germany and Austria who purchase since 01. July 2005 (date of initial registration) a smart fortwo cdi or a smart forfour cdi will receive a voucher entitling them to have a diesel particle filter retrofitted to their vehicle free of charge at an authorised smart dealer in their vehicle.

Sketches and blueprints originate from a creative workshop for the successor to the smart fortwo

Designers spent a week in a creative workshop considering how the successor to the smart fortwo coupé and the fortwo cabrio might look. This workshop yielded a large number of sketches and blueprints suggesting possible variants for the smart fortwo of the future. The idea for the smart crosstown show car is based on a sketch produced at this very workshop.

First of all, on the basis of the sketches produced, a 1:4 clay model was constructed in the design studio, and this was later followed by a functional model showing not just the design, but also the functions of the new vehicle: for example the convertible roof and the stowaway windscreen. After it had been decided that this was the vehicle that was to be presented as a show car at the IAA, work commenced in April 2005 on constructing an exterior and an interior clay model on a scale of 1:1.

Once the final decision had been taken regarding the appearance of the vehicle's exterior and interior, the designers finally commenced construction of the smart crosstown show car itself. By the end of August, the work was finished. The smart crosstown was now complete, and ready to go for its film and photo shoot. Even in the studio there was no doubting this was a show car that was going in a totally different direction from the smart fortwo. Which just goes to show just how much can be achieved on the basis of the radical smart fortwo concept.