Smart #1: The all-electric SUV boasts a sleek design and a plethora of modern technologies
Smart #1 is the first all-electric SUV from the Smart brand. The car has its own design language and this design style will be used by the manufacturer throughout the future Smart cars.
This electric crossover is Smart's first product after a 50% stake in parent company Daimler was acquired by Chinese company Geely.
Smart #1 has a design quite similar to Smart Concept #1 introduced last year. The electric SUV still has a rounded and cute exterior. The front of the car doesn't have a grille, and the sharp and edgy headlights design also brings a new look to the Smart brand, which used to have a slightly retro design.
Looking at the side of the car, you can notice that Smart #1 is equipped with frameless doors and pop-up door handles (which pop up when the driver presses the unlock button). In addition, the panoramic sunroof extends the entire length of the car with a design that resembles a floating roof above the car body.
The design of the rear end of the car follows a similar style to the front, with a sharp-tapered tail light cluster that is connected by a strip of horizontal LED lights running across the body of the car.
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Smart #1 has a size equivalent to the Mini Countryman and Kia Niro EV, but it is the largest car that Smart has ever produced. Specifically, the car has a length of 4,270mm, a width of 1,820mm, a height of 1,640mm, and a wheelbase of 2,750mm. The car weighs 1,820kg.
Stepping inside the cabin, Smart #1 remains faithful to the design of Concept #1. The pure electric SUV is equipped with a flat-bottomed sports steering wheel, a modestly sized 9.2-inch display screen at the back, and a 10-inch head-up display. The high-mounted central control panel is surrounded by a decorative metal trim and an eye-catching lighting system. Smart provides passengers with a 12.8-inch infotainment screen that can control most of the vehicle's functions, including the air conditioning system.
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The large panoramic sunroof creates a bright and extremely airy cabin, creating the effect of spacious interior space. The rear seats can also be moved up or down to add space for luggage or legroom - a convenient feature that not every car in the same segment has.
Smart car #1 will have a 66kWh battery with a range of approximately 420 - 440 km based on the WLTP cycle. Its fast DC charging feature of 150kW allows the car to charge from 10% to 80% in just 30 minutes. The AC charger with 22kW capacity will accomplish a full charge in approximately 3 hours.
The interesting point of Smart #1 lies in its engine. Specifically, the car will only be equipped with a single engine option with a power of 268 horsepower and torque of 343 Nm, and a rear-wheel drive system. This electric SUV can achieve a maximum speed of 180 km/h.
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This is a completely new model in Smart's product line with much more power, new features, and larger space compared to older models such as the EQ ForTwo and EQ ForFour. As a result, the price of this SUV is predicted to be slightly higher.
Smart #1 car price
The new Smart #1 will be available in three trims from launch: Pro +, Premium and the hot Brabus model. A limited-edition launch model will also be available with some unique styling tweaks.
New Smart #1 Pro +
Entry-level Pro + models start from £35,950. For this you get a panoramic sunroof, adaptive cruise control, heated seats, a 360-degree camera and a power tailgate.
New Smart #1 Premium
Step up to the Premium model and you get a Beats audio system, matrix LED headlights and automatic parking assist. This will set you back £38,950.
New Smart #1 Brabus
The full-fat Brabus model gets plenty of sporty styling upgrades over the standard car including deeper bumpers, bonnet vents and larger 19-inch alloy wheels. Inside, there are red seat belts, metal pedals and sports seats. This model will make a £43,450 hole in your wallet.
Range of movement
The 66kWh battery gives a maximum range of up to 273 miles in Premium and Launch Edition models and 260 in entry-level Pro+ models. The Brabus models still get a reasonable 248 miles, although it should be noted that the large-battery versions of the ID.3 and Born will travel even further.
All can be charged with a maximum power of 150 kW on a fast charger that can provide enough power, giving a charging time of 10-80% in less than 30 minutes. On a regular type two connector, the Pro+ charges at a maximum of 7,4kW like most home wall boxes, but higher end devices can take advantage of the 22kW charging more commonly found in offices. This cuts charging time from about seven and a half hours to less than three.
Both the regular version and the Brabus version have been adjusted to provide a similar driving experience, which mostly feels comfortable when encountering odd bumps and potholes. It's a gentler option compared to the Cupra Born and VW ID.3 and helps you feel satisfied driving at high speeds thanks to the precise steering system and peace of mind. The car's body roll isn't too bad, and you can even enjoy some fun with the rear-wheel-drive on single-motor versions.
In fact, it's almost the same size as the MINI Countryman and challenges small electric family cars like the Cupra Born, Kia Niro EV, Renault Megane E-Tech, and Volkswagen ID.3 while surpassing premium competitors like the BMW iX1 and Mercedes EQA. Inside, there's plenty of room for adults, and the rear seats are flexible so you can increase the trunk space if you're not carrying tall friends that day.
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