Smart is finally back with an all-new product and is entering the all-electric crossover fight with this one, the #1. Designed to compete with other small electric models such as the Hyundai Kona and Volkswagen ID.3, the Smart #1 is the “core of what’s to come” according to the CEO of Smart Europe. As we can visualize, it is a new car, with improvements at an aesthetic and mechanical level, which arrives with everything necessary to be among the most impressive cars on the market.
The capabilities of the car
This is the first all-electric all-new Smart product launched since Geely bought 50% of the brand from Daimler. It’s also the first smart product to sit atop Geely’s all-electric SEA architecture. At No. 1, that means a maximum range of 273 miles, or what’s equal to about 440 kilometers of travel thanks to a 66 kWh battery pack located on the floor.
Concerning its mechanics
At launch, the #1 will come with a single rear-mounted engine that generates 264 horsepower and 252 pound-feet of torque (343 Nm). Other battery pack options are likely to follow and the SEA architecture can be equipped with up to three motors, though it’s not known if the #1 will see that functionality in the future.
As another way to relaunch the Smart brand, the #1 is also larger than any of its predecessors. Geely says it’s about the same size as a Kia Niro EV, a MINI Countryman or a Renault Megane E-Tech, but it’s more spacious inside. According to them, the cabin space is comparable to that of the luxurious Mercedes-Benz E-Class sedan.
Take a quick look at #1 and it’s easy to see how they pulled it off. By making the rear and sides of the vehicle more vertical than inclined, Smart saves cabin space and keeps the overall space quite small.
The aesthetic part
From the front we appreciate a car with a short but wide hood at the same time. This piece pairs perfectly with the optics of the car that are inside a thin transparent layer; all its lights have LED technology. The manufacturer’s name is located in the center. In the case of the bumper, it brings two air inlets on the sides, and another at the central level low in the form of a grid to keep the engine and batteries in optimal temperature conditions.
On the sides of the car we have black alloy wheels or wheels, which surely hide the discs and calipers on all its wheels. The door locks come in the same body color. The mirror housings come in black. The roof and the lower part of the doors come in gold.
The rear of the car has a sports decorative spoiler in the upper area of the glass, stops or brake lights in LED, auxiliary lights embedded in the bumper, among other details.
Inside the cabin
Inside, buyers will find a 12.8-inch infotainment system and a 9.2-inch driver information display, as well as a 10-inch head-up display. Advanced safety technology such as adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring and adaptive high beams are also available.
Pricing has yet to be announced, though production will begin later this year and deliveries will begin sometime in early 2023. At this time, Smart has no plans to sell the vehicle in the United States, so you will need to live in Europe or Asia to get your hands on it, or send for it.