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Smart kicks off all-electric brand renewal with #1 compact crossover

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The Smart #1 will be available in Europe as a Launch Edition (left), a Premium model (right) and a Pro+ version (not shown)
The Smart #1 will be available in Europe as a Launch Edition (left), a Premium model (right) and a Pro+ version (not shown)
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The Smart #1 will be available in Europe as a Launch Edition (left), a Premium model (right) and a Pro+ version (not shown)
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The Smart #1 will be available in Europe as a Launch Edition (left), a Premium model (right) and a Pro+ version (not shown)
Smart reports that variable trunk space is available, up to a maximum of 411 liters
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Smart reports that variable trunk space is available, up to a maximum of 411 liters
The production Smart #1 has a similar look to the Concept #1 renders from last year, including the Y-shaped daylight running lights and panoramic glass roof
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The production Smart #1 has a similar look to the Concept #1 renders from last year, including the Y-shaped daylight running lights and panoramic glass roof
A roomy interior wi
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Occupants are treated to Beats audio from a 13-speaker sound system, and customizable ambient lighting
The driver gets a 9.2-inch digital instrument cluster and 10-inch HUD
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The driver gets a 9.2-inch digital instrument cluster and 10-inch HUD
Keyless entry, remote vehicle control
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Keyless entry and remote vehicle control are available via the companion mobile app
A 12.8-inch Full HD infotainment display sits at the top of the floating center console
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A 12.8-inch Full HD infotainment display sits at the top of the floating center console
The suicide doors haven't made through from the Concept #1 designbook, but the concealed door handles will light up and pop out when an authorized user is detected
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The suicide doors haven't made through from the Concept #1 designbook, but the concealed door handles will light up and pop out when an authorized user is detected
The Smart #1 offers a per-charge WLTP range of up to 273 miles, and the charging cable can be stowed in the frunk
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The Smart #1 offers a per-charge WLTP range of up to 273 miles, and the charging cable can be stowed in the frunk
The Smart #1's 268-hp motor produces 252.9 lb.ft of torque and powers the compact electric SUV to a top speed of 112 mph
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The Smart #1's 268-hp motor produces 252.9 lb.ft of torque and powers the compact electric SUV to a top speed of 112 mph
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Following a "near production" concept reveal last year, the 50/50 Mercedes-Benz and Geely Automobile partnership that is the new Smart has now debuted the production version of its #1 compact electric crossover SUV in Berlin.

"The world premiere of the Smart #1 in Berlin marks another milestone on the incredible road of development we began with the brand's renewal," said Smart CEO, Tong Xiangbei. "As the first of the new generation all-electric product family, the all-new Smart #1 is the perfect embodiment of this renewal. Now, Smart has entered a new phase of full speed development, further spurred on by our Europe and China "dual-home" business strategy. Our team, working between Europe and China, are making fantastic progress, and we are extremely confident that the global market will embrace the unique, premium all-electric urban mobility experience offering from Smart."

As we predicted back in September 2021, the always eye-popping suicide doors haven't made it from concept to production model, but the panoramic glass roof and 12.8-inch infotainment panel remain, as do the customizable ambient interior lighting setup and onboard AI digital companion.

The Smart #1 comes in a little smaller than the Concept #1 too, at a still relatively large (for a Smart vehicle) 4,270 x 1,822 x 1,636 mm (168 x 71.7 x 64.4 in), with a 2,750-mm (108.2 in) wheelbase and empty weight of 1,820 kg (4,012 lb). And 19-inch wheels wrapped in 235/45 R19 tires replace the concept's 21-inch wheels.

The Smart #1's 268-hp motor produces 252.9 lb.ft of torque and powers the compact electric SUV to a top speed of 112 mph
The Smart #1's 268-hp motor produces 252.9 lb.ft of torque and powers the compact electric SUV to a top speed of 112 mph

The 200-kW motor produces 343 Nm (252.9 lb.ft) of torque and gives the compact SUV a top speed of 180 km/h (112 mph). A 66-kWh NCM (nickel/cobalt/manganese) battery pack is reported good for between 420 and 440 km (260-273 miles) of per-charge range on the WLTP cycle, and there's support for 150-kW fast charging for a top up to 80 percent capacity in under 30 minutes.

Cool touches on the exterior include hidden electric handles in the frameless doors that are surrounded by lighting as the authorized driver approaches, a funky light bar between toppled Y-shaped daytime running lights front and back, fluid turn signaling and Matrix LED headlights.

Inside, a "floating" center console stylishly divides the driver and passenger while that Full HD touchscreen infotainment display is joined by a 9.2-inch digital instrument cluster and 10-inch head-up display. Smart has treated occupants to a Beats Audio sound system with 13 speaker modules, including a sub. And up to 411 liters of trunk space is available, plus 15 L more in the frunk.

A 12.8-inch Full HD infotainment display sits at the top of the floating center console
A 12.8-inch Full HD infotainment display sits at the top of the floating center console

A driver assistance package includes adaptive cruise control with stop and go functionality, active lane keeping, blind spot assist and auto parking assist. Smart connectivity tech is designed to "form one coherent, intuitive, and adapting ecosystem" and includes a companion mobile app and cloud data storage all linked to a personal ID protected by the "highest cyber security encryption standards."

Owners are able to allocate a digital key to friends or family via the app for shared use potential, and more than 75 percent of the car's ECUs can receive over-the-air updates to help future-proof the vehicle.

The Smart #1 will be available for pre-order from September in Europe, when pricing will be revealed. A full sales launch is planned for the end of the year. The video below has more.

Introducing the smart #1

Source: Smart

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6 comments
6 comments
Username
So Smart made a Mini! The use of children in the video doesn't work for me.
Daishi
@Username I agree with you in giving the commercial a solid thumbs down. It tells me nothing about the car other than it's pronounced "hashtag 1" and not "number 1" because of course it is. It was cringy and smug.
Jiminkansas
Wow, while the video didn't add a lot, I wasn't as bothered by it as I had already gone to the site and got more info than needed. It is amazing how those links work.
DavidB
I wish people would stop calling the number sign a hashtag.

A hashtag is a “label” you can use to connect diverse things and make them easier to find. It is designated as a hashtag by the use of a number sign as a prefix, as in #This_is_a_hashtag.

The number sign itself is *not* a hashtag.
TomLeeM
I think that is a vast improvement over the Smart ED vehicle; which has a shorter range. I think that is something that could sell well in the USA.
ljaques
@TomLeeM which is why they probably won't be sold in the USA.
The cabrioLAME top is an eye sore and a visual block for the entire rear of the car. Wow.
The first video was unimpressive, but there were some outstanding vids highlighting the car's features. Top notch.
These look like a cross between a Tesla, a Mini, and a Rivian. I'm not sure I like the 3D stacked look to it. It's toylike.