our discovery of the small electric SUV in Paris

After Munich and Beijing, Smart #1 is coming to Paris! What we found in the concept state, therefore, goes into the production phase after some tweaking. It was in the heart of the capital that we had the opportunity to see the brand’s first electric SUV. So how is the Smart renaissance going?

Yes, the brand officially revealed (the?) Smart #1 – pronounced hashtag one- in Beijing on April 21. On our side, we had to wait until May to approach the electric SUV in peace. Unprecedented platform, high-tech environment, more generous format, exclusive details: here is the launch model Smart #1 Launch Edition.

The #1 Smart in terms of looks: a small family resemblance

As you probably know, Smart hasn’t been at its best in recent years. With its first small electric SUV, Smart aims to increase sales while undertaking a radical transformation. The small formats so characteristic of the brand, it’s over! Witness this Smart #1, measuring 4.27 m long, 1.82 m wide and 1.63 m high. The compact SUV has dimensions very close to the MINI Countryman. The design is very close to the Munich concept, with its urban and premium look. Costs and approvals oblige, only a few details evolve without distorting the concept. Step out of antagonistic doors and front lighting with refinement. The headlights are in fact a little thicker and the bumper has openings on the sides.

The #1 is sophisticated, with its subtly rounded shapes and glazed surfaces that make up the entire vehicle. Topped with a “floating” pavilion with a panoramic roof, the SUV keeps its handles level and 19-inch rims. Electric platform and cantilever contribute to giving the vehicle a satisfying look. At the rear, the light signature is reminiscent of recent electric Mercedes models. A small family resemblance quite chic and successful for our taste. Finally, the Launch Edition model is limited to 1,000 copies, including 100 for France. It stands out for its unique two-tone white and champagne/gold color and matching side sills. Checkered inserts for the rims and the “Launch Edition” badge on the side skirts are also present. Special mention to the frameless doors, for an appreciable premium coupé effect.

Interior: techno and playful atmosphere

On board, the Smart #1 is high-tech, yet affordable and welcoming. More “cute” than “geek”, the SUV welcomes us in a bright and colorful interior. Instrumentation and multimedia are based on a 9.2-inch device and a 12.8-inch touch interface. Different settings can be associated with a profile, with an avatar for a fun experience. Note: the multimedia system was 100% developed for SUV #1, and has nothing to do with Mercedes’ MBUX system. Fans will appreciate the satin finishes and customizable 64-color RGB lighting from the air vents to the center console. This connects the armrest and dashboard like a bridge and provides good storage space underneath. Perfect for a big bag, for example. Ergonomics benefit from a comfortable steering wheel with thumb rests and controls that are equally comfortable to use.

Beats takes care of the audio part, which suggests a strong, bass-rich music experience. On the other hand, we were unable to navigate through the entire interface as the software is not yet fully finalized. The Smart #1’s seats appear to offer good support up front, but that still needs to be verified while driving. The rear seats are generous, thanks to the flat floor and the height under the roof. The rear seat slides by more than 13 cm, for a luggage compartment volume that varies from 323 to 411 l. Added to this is a small space of 15 l at the front, under the hood. The Smart #1, therefore, promises to be quite spacious and practical in general, due to its format. All with impeccable finishes and assemblies. Not to mention the plaids on the panoramic roof and upholstery, as well as the “1 of 1000” plaque on this Launch Edition.

Smart #1: range up to 440 km

The electric SUV signed Smart has a rear engine of 200 kW (272 hp) and 343 Nm. Comfortable power worthy of the vehicle’s positioning. The Smart #1 is powered by a 66 kWh battery, for an indicated range of 420 to 440 km. It can charge up to 150 kW and comes with its standard 22 kW charger. By way of information, Smart announces a recharge of 10 to 80% in 30 minutes. All on the SEA modular platform developed by Geely, which would also house the future Volvo XC20. Finally, this first contact with Smart #1 is very promising.

The electric SUV is rewarding (the long 2.75m wheelbase helps!) and well equipped as standard, but also and above all very consistent with the concept car. You will not be disappointed if you are seduced by this one in Munich! The #1 comes in three trim levels: Pro+, Premium and Launch Edition. Non-Launch Edition models can be customized with different color combinations for the roof and body. In addition, the second example presented in Premium finish, is dressed in the green color “Future Green”! On the price side, there is no official information yet, but we estimate the entrance ticket at around €35,000.

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