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Tony O'Kane | May, 15 2015 | 4 Comments

Smart, Mercedes-Benz's citycar-making offshoot, is reportedly considering a subcompact SUV based on the rear-engine architecture used in the latest-generation Forfour.

As appetites for SUVs continue to grow the addition of a mini-SUV to the smart range could help the brand tap in to swelling demand for compact crossovers.

The Renault Captur (below), Peugeot 2008 and Opel Mokka sell in reasonable volumes in Europe, and would be natural rivals for a Smart SUV.

According to Autocar, the addition of an SUV could also provide greater economies of scale for the Forfour's specialised platform, which is only shared with the two-seat Smart Fortwo and the Renault Twingo - all of which are built on the same line at Renault's Slovenian assembly plant.

It's far too early to talk about styling, but it would be safe to assume that such a model would be mechanically similar to the Forfour, with a three-cylinder petrol engine (in either naturally-aspirated or turbocharged guise) driving the rear wheels.

Smart Forfour
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AWD in compact crossovers is a rarity (the Mazda CX-3 being a notable exception), so don't expect to see driven front wheels - that is, of course, assuming the project gets the green light.

If it does, the earliest date for a production debut would be roughly two and a half years from now. By then, the compact SUV market may well be a very crowded one.

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