Who ever said that drive-in movie theaters are dead? The Smart ForStars concept SUC (Sports Utility Coupe) will be unveiled at the Paris Auto Show and will feature a unique drive-in-cinema experience. Daimler could be reaching for the stars by offering an all-electric concept car that is trying to appeal to a whole new target group of urban buyers. The new SUC comes with a new idea of integrating a video projector in the front hood.
This enables a movie to be shown on a blank wall at any time and transforms the Smart ForStars into an “open-air cinema.” Daimler says the compact Smart ForStars is a “communication concept” and offers a “spontaneous cinematic experience” on any free open wall that is available.
The in-hood media player projector can be operated via Bluetooth from any iPhone. Friends can gather underneath the stars and catch a movie and listen to it from a high-quality sound system. There are additional speakers located in the ventilation openings behind the doors and it opens up the compact coupe to offer a true drive-in cinema experience.
The catchy name of the SUC also refers to a tongue-in-cheek reference to the glass roof above the passengers that gives a clear view of the stars in the sky above. The small Sports Utility Coupe only offers seating for two people, but it would make it a cozy setting to catch a flick.
Outside, the Smart ForStars gets some unique styling features like eyebrows above the headlights and a transparent red sun visor above the windshield that gives it a fun look. Daimler says the tail lights can even be opened and a charging socket for the high-voltage battery is found inside the right-hand tail light, and the left-hand tail light has room for a beverage can. The two-seat coupe rolls on 21-inch three-spoke wheels and are wrapped in Michelin sports tires measuring 245/35 ZR 21.
Other notable features include an integrated video camera in place of a conventional rear-view mirror. The Smart ForStars features a smartphone accommodated in a holder at the top of the windshield where the driver can see what is happening on the road behind through the video camera.
The Smart ForStars that will premier later this month in Paris will feature an all-electric drive with a 60 kW magneto-electric motor from the new smart BRABUS electric drive. The small zero-emissions SUC should be lively and features a top speed of 80 mph.
Urban drive-in movie theaters may be extinct, but the new Smart ForStars will give young lovers a great place to catch a movie anywhere they can find a secluded place to park with a blank wall.