Smart EVs to get smarter, bigger, and more premium

Smart EVs to get smarter, bigger, and more premium

The Concept #1 premiere at the IAA Mobility 2021 previews the first production model of the new Smart generation — an electric, compact SUV due in 2022.
The Smart brand entered a new era at the IAA Mobility 2021 event in Munich, as it showed its Concept #1, which is said to preview the first production model in its new generation of all-electric vehicles. The SUV concept vehicle signals a move up for Smart into the high-growth small- and compact-car segments. It is 4290 mm (168.9 in) long, 1910 mm (75.2 in) wide, and 1698 mm (66.9 in) tall, on a 2750-mm (108.3 in) wheelbase.

The “near-production” vehicle is meant to take the brand’s design into a new realm with significantly more premium and higher tech features. This is underlined by details such as LED light strips at the front and rear with a rhythmic light show, ambient lighting including in the footwells, and a UI/UX (user interface/user experience) concept using AI (artificial intelligence).

“We’re celebrating an important milestone with the smart Concept #1, which is the forerunner of the next Smart generation,” said Daniel Lescow, Vice President Global Sales, Marketing & After-Sales of Smart Automobile Co, Ltd. “The near-production study is an exciting taste of what our customers can expect from the smart brand. The new smart Concept #1 is the first glimpse of our vision of new and sustainable mobility. It’s characterized by progressive design, premium equipment, and advanced technology.”

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