Smart # 1, here is the new electric SUV. 272 hp and up to 440 km of autonomy | Video

Smart today begins a new chapter in its history withworld premiere of the new Smart # 1. This is a new little one Electric SUV of which we have already spoken in the past, production version of the Smart Concept # 1 that we had the opportunity to see closely at the Munich Motor Show 2021. For the moment, details on the commercial debut and above all the price list for the market have not yet been communicated. Italian, but we are talking about a price between € 30,000 and € 35,000 (to be confirmed). Let’s see, therefore, the main details communicated by Smart during this preview of the new electric model.

DESIGN AND INTERIORS



On the design there is not much to say because we already knew that the definitive version of the Smart # 1 it would have been very similar to the concept car. Furthermore, past spy photos of the production model had allowed us to understand what the few differences would be, such as the doors that open in the traditional way (the concept featured the rear doors that opened against the wind).

The new electric SUV also features retractable handles, frameless doors and a panorama glass roof. We also have Matrix LED headlights and front and rear Y-shaped light bands. New Smart # 1 measure 4,270 mm long x 1,822 mm wide x 1,636 mm high, with a wheelbase of 2,750 mm. The empty weight is 1,820 kg. The rims can be up to 19 inches. The trunk has a capacity of 323-411 liters. Also in front there is a small 15-liter trunk where you can place, for example, the charging cable.

Speaking of the interior, the Smart # 1 presents a style very close to that of the concept car, showing off a lot of technology. The instrumentation can count on a 9.2-inch display (low and wide). We then have one 12.8 inch touch screen (Full HD) Tesla Model 3 style for actual infotainment.

The new smart will be characterized from an avatar in the user interface, based on artificial intelligence and controlled through voice commands. The avatar is perfectly interconnected to the car ecosystem, the smart app and data clouds. All of these systems are linked with a personal smart ID and protected by the highest standards of cyber security cryptography. Most of the car’s functions can be adjusted and set on the screen. A Head-Up-Display may also be available.

For sound lovers, this new car can have the premium audio system consisting of an amplifier and 13 speakers. New Smart # 1 rests on Geely’s SEA platform specific for electric cars and this allows to offer a lot of space on board despite its compact size.

Recall that this new model is the result of the joint work of Geely and Mercedes. Task divided in half, symbolizing the fact that the Chinese have bought 50% of Smart in the past. The new electric SUV supports OTA updates and offers the digital key (the car opens with the smartphone) and remote control.

ENGINE AND SAFETY



We already knew a lot about the design even before the presentation. Now, finally, we also discover the first details of the powertrain. New Smart # 1 can count on a 200 kW (272 hp) electric motor with 343 Nm of torque. For the moment, we only know that the top speed is 180 km / h. Given the power, particularly brilliant acceleration performance can also be expected. Traction is rear.

Powering the powertrain is a 66 kWh battery (NMC) able to offer a range of 420-440 km according to the WLTP cycle. In direct current, the accumulator can recharge up to a maximum power of 150 kW (10-80% in 30 minutes). It is interesting that in alternating current the SUV can supply up to a power of 22 kW. For home charging, a Smart charging station will be proposed in collaboration with ABB.

On the safety front, the SUV will feature the Smart Pilot package: Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop & Go function, Lane Keeping Assist, Blind Spot Assist, Highway and Queue Assist, Auto Park Assist, Adaptive High Beam Assist.


Smart # 1 will be available in September 2022 in pre-order for customers who want to buy it so they can get their hands on it as soon as possible: the arrival at the dealership is scheduled for January 2023.

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