In 2019, Mercedes teamed up with Volvo automaker Geely to transform Smart into an EV-only brand with new vehicles to arrive in 2022. We’re starting to see the fruits of this collaboration with the unveiling of Smart’s “Concept #1” at the IAA Mobility 2021 motor show in Munich.
If you’re familiar with Smart’s tiny mobility vehicles, the first thing that stands out with the concept is its relatively large size. Designed by Mercedes, the four-seater has roughly the exact dimensions (and kind of a similar look, to be honest) as Mini’s most extensive vehicle, the Countryman. It also features smooth aerodynamic styling, a huge glass roof, and a gold-tinted, tech-adorned interior that looks like it was designed by Chanel (it wasn’t).
Some other notable features include a rear scissor door that would allow for easy entry and makes for a relaxed look when all four doors are open. Though they’re highly impractical, I don’t expect to see them on a production version. It has a large, Telsa Model 3-like 12.8-inch touchscreen, 21-inch wheels, and LED light bars at the front and back.
As for the EV aspect, it’s built on Geely’s Sustainable Experience Architecture (SEA), designed to be used across Geely’s nine automotive brands, including Volvo, Polestar, Smart, and Lotus. It should also support fast-charging tech and over-the-air updates.
And yes, Smart and its Daimler/Geely parents plan to turn this concept into a production vehicle. The aim is to make multiple versions, including a long-range model, while offering enthusiasts the “highest level of dynamic handling”. It will be made in China and go on sale there next year, but Smart has plans to bring it to Europe.
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