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Smart For-Us Pickup Concept Photos and Details



Smart For-Us

The two-seat Smart Fortwo hasn’t exactly been setting the sales charts on fire, but that doesn’t mean Diamler-Benz is ready to give up on its urban-orient sub-brand. The Fortwo’s miniature size makes it excellent for those cramped city spaces, but it sacrifices practicability in return. At the 2012 Detroit Auto Show, Smart unveiled its For-Us pickup, the brand’s take on what an urban pickup could look like.

A key design feature of the For-Us is its ability to carry and charge two ebikes on its tiny “pickup bed”. While the car itself is a concept, the electric bicycles are based on the production versions that will go on sale in 2013.

In true Smart fashion, the For-Us Concept is tiny, measuring 140 inches in length, 59 inches in width and 67 inches in height. It is powered by the same 74 horsepower electric powertrain as the ForTwo electric drive that is going to be released in the spring of 2012. The system uses a 55 kW (74HP), 130 Nm (95.9 lb-ft) magneto-electric motor tied to a 17.6 kWh lithium-ion battery pack. Smart says its versatile little concept can reach zero to 60 mph (96.56 km/h) in under five seconds and reach a top speed of 80 mph (128.75 km/h).

Charging the battery from 20 percent full to 100 percent takes only 3.5 hours, whereas completely charging it from zero takes eight hours. There is no word on whether the Smart For-US would see a production.

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Hyundai 45 EV Concept Pays Tribute To 1974 Pony Coupe



Hyundai 45 EV Concept, front

It foreshadows the design and technological developments of future production EVs.

Hyundai has unveiled the 45 EV Concept, an all-electric vehicle that pays tribute to the 1974 Pony Coupe Concept, the car that introduced the Korean automaker to the world.

Visually, the 45 EV concept features an attractive yet minimalistic design that blends futuristic and throwback touches inspired by the Pony. Highlights include a monocoque-style body that’s said to evoke aircraft construction from the 1920s.

Not only does the name reference 45 years since the Pony Coupe first appeared, but it is also tied to the 45-degree angles at the front and rear, forming a diamond-shape silhouette that Hyundai says previews the design direction of future production EVs.

The interior supposedly feel like a living room outfitted with new pieces of furniture, boasting rotating seats that swivel towards occupants as they open the door to improve ingress and egress. A new hidden Camera Monitoring System (CMS) serves as the side mirrors and opens the door for self driving applications.

Hyundai left out any details about the electric powertrain and how much driving range it offers, but we expect at least 400 miles (644 km).

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BMW Concept 4 Previews A Massive-Grille 4 Series



New BMW Concept 4

Its huge grille supposedly “embodies the aesthetic essence” of the BMW brand.

BMW used the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show to debut the BMW Concept 4, previewing the “new face” of the 4 Series.

The first thing that will catch your eye is its massive twin-kidney grille, which the German automaker describes as a “confident and classy” new take on the brand’s iconic grille. Look closer and you’ll notice that it is made of several small “number 4s” joined together.

“The kidney grille has always been a signature feature of BMW cars,” BMW design head Domagoj Dukec stated. “The BMW Concept 4 presents a confident and classy take on this iconic feature. At the same time, the BMW Concept 4 offers a look ahead to the expressive face of the 4 Series range.”

The design is said to be inspired by the 3.0 CSi, though the 1970s car had a much smaller grille than any modern BMW. Do you like it?

Massive grille aside, the BMW Concept 4 borrows many styling cues from the 3 Series and 8 Series and features classic sports car proportions. We’ll have to wait and see how all of this translates to the production 4 series.

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Acura Type S Concept Previews Exciting New Sports Sedan



Acura Type S Concept sedan

It marks the return of the venerable Type S sub-brand after a decade-long hiatus.

Acura has revealed the Type S concept, showcasing its vision for a modern high-performance package.

Inspired by the latest NSX supercar, the sporty four-door concept features more aggressive styling with better sports car proportions than Acura’s current sedans, with highlights including a long hood that stretches back to the A-pillars, a wide track, and a low stance.

The car features an open-surface Diamond Pentagon grille, new four-lamp Jewel Eye LED headlights, forged carbon exterior elements, 21-inch wheels, Brembo brakes, and 285-width summer tires. Expect the production model to look very similar to the concept.

When the second-generation TLX goes on sale in 2020, it will be the first Acura since 2011 to get the Type S treatment. The new TLX Type S will likely compliment the aesthetic enhancements with more power and sportier handling.

Do you like what you see? Share your impressions in the comments below.

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