Smart #1 Makes Its Debut in Europe and China As An Electric Crossover

Smart #1 Electric Crossover – Overview

Since the final model year of the EQ Fortwo, Smart has been absent from the American market.

However, the city car brand, a joint venture between Mercedes and Geely (also owning Volvo, Polestar, and Lotus), is still going strong in Europe and China.

Here are the major highlights:

  • Smart has unveiled the #1, its first crossover, for the Chinese and European markets.
  • The #1 is propelled by a single rear-mounted electric motor that produces 268 horsepower and 253 pound-feet of torque.
  • On the European test cycle, #1 achieves a range of 260 and 273 miles because of its slim form.

It recently debuted its first all-new model in years.

Smart’s latest innovation, dubbed the #1, is also the company’s first SUV, a modern-looking electric crossover that aims to compete with the Mini Countryman.

Design & Aesthetic

Smart #1 Electric Crossover
Smart #1 Electric Crossover

The new Smart design language is modern and straightforward, with the smoothness of a bar of soap. Flush electric doorknobs and frameless doors add to the clean appearance.

Smart #1 Electric Crossover
Smart #1 Electric Crossover

The #1 has a floating roof design that echoes the color of the trim piece running below the doors and full-width light bars in the front and back, as is the vogue these days.

The Smart is equipped with 19-inch wheels with a checkered design for the Launch Edition.

Interior Design

Smart #1 Electric Crossover
Smart #1 Electric Crossover

The interior has a lot of brushed metal surfaces, which matches the exterior’s two-tone color scheme.

All standards are a large 12.8-inch infotainment screen, a 9.2-inch digital gauge cluster, ambient lighting, and a glass top.

Smart #1 Electric Crossover
Smart #1 Electric Crossover

The #1 is expected to go on sale in China before being released in Europe, with no current pricing information.

While Smart sales never took off in the United States, we’re curious how the #1 would fare in a crossover-obsessed America, especially as the “Smart vehicle” has a strong brand recognition despite its three-year absence.

Battery, Power & Range

Smart #1 Electric Crossover
Smart #1 Electric Crossover

The #1 is two inches shorter than the Countryman at 168.1 inches, but its electric engine allows it to have a wheelbase that is just over three inches longer than the Mini’s.

Despite its small stature, the #1 weighs in at 4012 pounds. A 66-kWh battery is coupled to a single electric motor on the rear axle, producing 268 horsepower and 253 pound-feet of torque.

Smart #1 Electric Crossover
Smart #1 Electric Crossover

On Europe’s WLTP test cycle, Smart claims a top speed of 112 mph and a range of 260 to 273 miles. According to Smart, a DC super-fast charger can charge the #1 from 10% to 80% in less than 30 minutes.

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