After ditching internal combustion engines for good in 2019, Smart has unveiled its first SUV concept at the Munich Motor Show. As a result of Geely’s acquisition of a 50 percent stake in Smart, the company is embarking on a radical new product strategy. This is the first bespoke EV from Smart Measures and is similar to Mercedes’ EQA EV from parent company Daimler AG. Detailed technical information is still being withheld.
Geely will manage the engineering side of model development, while Mercedes will handle the design. In the form of a compact electric crossover, the near-production-ready concept measures 4,290mm in length, 1,910mm in width, and 1,698mm in height. In terms of size, it’s very similar to Mercedes-EQA Benz’s electric crossover, which is also owned by the German automaker.
The SEA platform
Powered by an electric motor, Geely’s Smart Concept #1 is based on the company’s Sustainable Experience Architecture (SEA). It has yet to be revealed the power and torque figures, as well as the estimated range.
Smart Concept #1: Design and features
In addition to the transparent roof, the Concept #1 has a contoured bonnet, a large grille with a gold surround, LED light bars on the front and rear, glossy white paintwork, and LED light bars on the front and rear sides.ORVMs, suicide doors, and designer 21-inch wheels adorn the sides of the vehicle, giving it a distinctive look. The car is 4,290mm long, 1,700mm tall, and has a 2,750mm wheelbase.
With a minimalist interior for four people and ambient lighting throughout, a “floating” centre console, and a 3-spoke flat-bottom steering wheel, the Smart Concept #1 has a sleek, modern look. It comes with a 12.8-inch 3D touchscreen infotainment console with OTA updates support. Several airbags are available for passenger safety, as well as parking assistance, emergency lane assistance, and a motorway assistant.
Smart Concept #1: Availability
There are plans for a 2022 release date for the production version of Smart Concept #1. In Europe, the subcompact electric crossover will be available as well.