The idea of a smart SUV is back in the cards. The fashion oriented brand has finally decided to green-light the project and expand its line-up with a small crossover, Autocar reports.
According to the British magazine, the upcoming smart SUV is set to inherit the same architecture also used by its smaller fortwo and forfour siblings and Renault’s own Twingo, all built together at Renault’s Novo Mesto factory in Slovenia.
Smart’s upcoming SUV will be slightly longer than today’s Forfour, which is just 3.75 metres long. The increased dimensions will allow smart to create the space needed to accommodate four people in comfort. Smart is adamant that the new model will retain its extremely tight turning circle and useful 2.2m-long interior load length.
The project has been more or less already confirmed, Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche himself being quoted as saying ‘if we were to go for any expansion for the smart family, the SUV segment would be the one to look into.’
From a financial stand-point, the new model would become the brand’s biggest cash-cow. The choice of the Renault shared architecture will also help reduce the financial burden taken into account by developing a brand-new platform from scratch.
A small crossover is also good news for smart’s profitability, being more than poised to get things back on the right track financially, especially on the European market.