The new Smart SUV #1 unveiled as the brand of city cars enters a new era

This is the new Smart #1 electric crossover, and it represents the start of a new era for the city car brand. This compact electric vehicle is the first car developed under joint Daimler-Geely ownership and marks Smart’s transition to an all-electric manufacturer.

The new Smart #1 is based on an all-new electrical architecture from Geely, dubbed SEA. This will underpin Smart’s upcoming new range, while No. 1 also sets the template for the brand’s future design direction. Auto Express understands that all future cars from the firm will use the same numbered “#” nomenclature, which will position its products chronologically rather than by size or sector.

From launch, the No. 1 is installed with a 66 kWh battery, for a claimed range of up to 440 km (273 miles). It’s likely that more affordable and smaller battery options will also become available in time.

With 150kW fast charging capability, the 66kWh car battery can be recharged from 10-80% in less than 30 minutes, while plugging into a 22kW AC charger will return a 10-80 charge. % in about three hours.

The battery powers a single rear-mounted motor, producing 268PS and 343Nm of torque – and although Smart didn’t quote a 0-62mph time, it did confirm a top speed of 112mph. Weighing 1,820kg, the No.1 should be able to cover the benchmark sprint in less than seven seconds.

At 4.27 meters long, the #1 is the largest Smart ever, underscoring that the brand will expand beyond its city roots into wider segments. Unlike the four-seat Concept #1, the production #1 is a full-featured five-seat SUV, and it emphasizes practicality as well as style.

This is aided by a wheelbase of 2.75 metres, which is relatively long considering the overall length of the car and should help maximize passenger space inside; Smart claims that although the #1 is similar in size to a MINI Countryman, there is as much space inside as a Mercedes E-Class executive sedan. The #1 also has space 15 liters of front storage in the nose and a conventional trunk that offers up to 411 liters of cargo space.

One area that is very close to Concept #1 is the styling of the car. This new SUV highlights Smart’s future design direction, with smooth surfaces, a simple front and rear light signature and a sleek roof design that swoops down on the car’s C-pillars. . Launch car #1 rolls on 19-inch alloy wheels.

According to Gorden Wagener, Chief Design Officer of Mercedes-Benz, the parent company of Smart, “The new Smart #1 represents the reboot of the brand and showcases our new Sensual Product design DNA.

“He’s grown-up, cool, and embodies beauty with smart solutions. It’s new, fresh and enchanting.

That contemporary look has been a big priority for Smart, and the same is true inside, with a minimalist design and feel. The dashboard is dominated by a central 12.8-inch touchscreen which also emphasizes connectivity, as the infotainment can be upgraded via over-the-air software updates. It’s joined by a 9.2-inch Full HD digital instrument panel and a 10-inch head-up display.

Level 2 autonomous driving capability is part of an advanced driver assistance system package, offering adaptive cruise control with stop and go technology, lane keeping assist, blind spot, highway and traffic jam assist , automatic parking and adaptive high beams. Seven airbags are also included.

Although Smart has yet to set pricing for the #1, the brand stressed that it will be competitive with competing EVs such as the Hyundai Kona Electric and Volkswagen ID.3. Volvo will produce its own small electric SUV on the same platform, and the Smart will position itself as a cheaper alternative to that. It points to No. 1 from around £32,000 when it goes on sale later this year. No. 1 goes into production towards the end of the year ahead of deliveries from 2023.

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