Smart #1 is the real name of the brand’s first electric crossover
Smart opens a new chapter this year with the launch of its first model developed under the shared ownership of Mercedes-Benz Group and Geely.
Now named Smart Automobile Co Ltd, the joint venture has announced the name of its first next-generation model, the No. 1 electric crossover. The combination of the “#” symbol and a number will also be adopted by future models.
Smart suggests the hashtag symbol, evocative of trends in the digital age, is appropriate for a company that defines itself as a premium all-electric automotive technology brand. The automaker, however, did not provide instructions on how the No. 1 name should be pronounced.
Previewed by Concept #1 last year at the IAA Mobility Show in Munich, the all-new Smart #1 recently completed a series of aero and winter tests in anticipation of its debut later this year in China. and in Europe.
“As the first product to be launched after the brand renewal, the smart #1 perfectly combines electric drive technology and premium quality. I am sure that the smart #1 will excite future customers in China and around the world. Europe, creating new trends in urban mobility and co-creating powerful brand experiences wherever they appear.”
Daniel Lescow, vice president of worldwide sales, marketing and aftersales of smart Automobile Co., Ltd.
Designed by Mercedes-Benz and engineered by Geely, the new model underwent a series of tests at the China Automotive Engineering Research Institute in Chongqing, with one revealing a drag coefficient of 0.29, a good value for SUVs. subcompacts.
A low drag coefficient is essential as it influences the power consumption, range, wind noise and stability of a vehicle at high speeds. Elements that improve the aerodynamics of the Smart #1 include the hidden door handles, the aerodynamic package, as well as the standard AGS (Active Grille Shutter).
Smart claims that wind resistance and noise have been significantly optimized, contributing to greater energy efficiency, comfort and range.
The automaker also tested the new electric vehicle in the far north of China, in one of the coldest proving grounds in the world. At temperatures around -40 degrees Celsius (-40 Fahrenheit), the Smart #1 showed “excellent resistance to extreme cold,“with advanced battery temperature control system now”the optimal operating condition of the battery.”
Owners will be able to preset their driving schedule via the Smart app or the Smart #1’s vehicle control panel, allowing them to automatically preheat the battery to ensure optimized charging and output efficiency.
As for the retractable door handles, they are equipped with ice-breaker functions, which means that they should work normally even when the car is covered with a thin layer of ice.
The electric crossover also simulated everyday winter city driving scenarios at the site on snow and ice. The tests revealed “exceptional driving comfort, road holding, acceleration and braking performance,” according to Smart.