Detroit 2012: Smart For-Us Concept is for Pickup Lovers

City-dwelling pickup-lovers rejoice -- Smart pulled the wraps off of the For-Us Concept today at the Detroit auto show. While the bed of a 139.2-inch long Smart pickup may not be very useful, the micro-car maker showed it off with a bike rack and the brand's electric bicycle concept.

The look of Smart's concept is more muscular than the current For-Two, thanks to more pronounced haunches, squared-off lights, and an extra 33.5 inches in length over the diminutive For-Two. Despite the tiny footprint, the For-Us has a more substantial stance, and will be a welcome aesthetic change compared to the tall and skinny car currently on the roads. Despite the added inches, the For-Us still only has room for two -- the rest of the space is reserved for cargo.

Smart has cribbed some of the powertrain components from the all-electric Smart For-Two eD. Propulsion for the For-Us is also all-electric, though with more battery power: its powered by an electric motor good for 74 hp and 98 lb-ft of torque and the juice is stored in a set of 17.6 kWh lithium-ion batteries. Smart says that the For-Us can reach a top speed of 75 mph.

For more on the Smart For-Us Concept, check out our First Look here. For more on the 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, including videos, the latest photos, and more information, click here to visit our Detroit Show homepage.

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