Mercedes-Benz & Geely's new Smart #1 is an extremely grumpy electric crossover

By topgearsingapore, 12 April 2022

Mercedes-Benz & Geely's new Smart #1 is an extremely grumpy electric crossover

Smart has finally unveiled the first car of its new era, and surprise surprise - it’s an all-electric crossover. It’s even called the #1. Has a rulebook ever been so closely followed? It’s even been reading the carmakers’ thesaurus with references to "shared experiences", and "lifestyles".

Anyway, time for some tech specs. The #1 is what Smart describes as a Mini Countryman-sized compact SUV – it’s just over 4.2m long and those wheels are 19-inch units. At launch there’s a single powertrain option, with a 268bhp electric motor driving the rear wheels and being fed by a 66kWh battery. Range is between 420 and 440km on the WLTP cycle, and it’ll accept a 150kW DC fast charge for a 10-80 per cent top-up in less than 30 minutes. 

The interior clearly borrows from the Mercedes parts bin (although it’s worth remembering that Geely is also involved in the venture), but there’s a smart-looking minimalist design, a large 12.8-inch central infotainment screen and a neat 9.2-inch digital instrument cluster. 

Smart also says that the #1 will get “a range of driver assistant systems” and there’ll be an “intelligent companion” which uses AI-based voice control to perform a load of functions for the driver. 

Design-wise, there’s plenty of glass and that floating roof is pretty cool in our eyes, but is anyone else seeing grumpy faces from both the front and rear lights?

TEXT Greg Potts

Photos smart Automobile

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