Mercedes files patent papers for three-seat Smart

Mercedes-Benz has filed patent papers for an embiggened highly flexible three-seat Smart. This time, it's the Smart ForThree, with a 1+2 seating arrangement; The new interior draws heavily on that used by McLaren in its mould-breaking F1 supercar, sitting the driver’s seat centrally up front with a pair of passenger seats set further back on […]

Mercedes-Benz has filed patent papers for an embiggened highly flexible three-seat Smart. This time, it's the Smart ForThree, with a 1+2 seating arrangement; The new interior draws heavily on that used by McLaren in its mould-breaking F1 supercar, sitting the driver’s seat centrally up front with a pair of passenger seats set further back on either side of the cabin – an arrangement made possible by the retention of the rear-engined platform design used by today’s Smart Fortwo. Early plans call for the unusual layout to be used in a replacement for the coupe and roadster pairing axed from Smart’s line-up back in 2005, after a run of 43,091 cars, reported.