Rebooted Smart teases the #1 electric crossover due in 2022
Smart showed off some prototypes of a subcompact crossover it plans to launch later this year.
The crossover will carry the #1 name (yes, with the hashtag symbol), and it’s the production version of Concept #1 that we saw last year at the first Munich auto show.
The #1, as its name suggests, is the first of a new generation of Smart cars developed by Mercedes-Benz in partnership with Geely. The two created the 50/50 Smart Automobile joint venture in 2019, which is based in China and responsible for overseeing the development and production of future Smarts.
The vehicle is based on Geely’s modular SEA electric vehicle platform, which supports fast charging and over-the-air updates. No specs have been revealed, but we do know that the vehicle has an impressive drag coefficient, for a crossover, of 0.29 Cd. Design details such as concealed door handles and active grille shutters help to achieve it.
Part of the development process saw prototypes tested in temperatures as cold as -40 degrees. There’s a system that ensures the battery is always operating at its ideal temperature, and future owners will be able to use this system to preheat the battery before setting off via an app.
The #1 will be part of a family of vehicles. We can imagine a ForTwo-style hatch also being part of the range, and maybe even a sedan.
Considering Smart pulled out of the US in 2020, we don’t expect the brand to return here anytime soon. In other words, forget seeing any of the new Smarts on local roads.