DETROIT -- Smart unveiled its For-Us concept as an urban pickup for the 21st century.
But Smart CEO Annette Winkler carefully portrayed its trucki-ness as the same concept pioneered by the covered wagons that settled the American West: "a platform, four wheels and two people sitting up front."
The electric-drive For-Us may be smaller than an 19th-century Conestoga wagon -- with a three-foot cargo bed designed to hold two Smart e-bikes and an overall length of just 139.6 inches.
"It's what a city car needs -- convenience, economy and safety," Winkler said.
The concept shares its electric powertrain with the next generation of the electric ForTwo that will debut this fall.
The For-Us is a concept, but Smart will market the hybrid e-bikes it carries, which also can be pedaled and have electric drive with a range of as many as 60 miles.