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2001 Smart Crossblade Concept

In 2001, the Micro Compact Car Smart GmbH continued to push the boundaries of its microcar concept with the introduction of the Smart Crossblade. Following the smart roadster in 1999 and the smart coupe in 2000, the Crossblade, showcased in Geneva, defied conventional body type classifications due to its unique design—devoid of doors, roof, and even a full windshield.

Constructed from a smart convertible base, the Smart Crossblade featured a distinctive appearance, measuring a mere 2590x1550x1450 mm. This two-seater microcar was not just a convertible; it went beyond by eliminating traditional elements like doors. Instead, it embraced a Tridion roll cage, reinforced with numerous pads, and employed aluminum sidebars in place of doors. The exterior finishes boasted a combination of titanium, plastic, polished steel, and leather.

Under the unconventional exterior lay a power-packed unit—a 3-cylinder 0.6-liter turbodiesel engine coupled with a six-speed "automated" gearbox. Positioned in front of the rear axle, this setup contributed to the car's compact yet efficient design. The Smart Crossblade rode on surprisingly large wheels for its size, with impressive 185/45R15 tires.

Deciphering the name "Crossblade" offered interesting interpretations. "Blade" hinted at a blade or knife, drawing parallels to the pocket knife variety known as a switchblade. The term "crossblade" could be thought of as a "folding knife," blending elements of versatility and sophistication—true to the clever and innovative spirit of Smart cars.