Mercedes teamed up in 2019 with Volvo automaker Geely, to make Smart an EV-only brand. New vehicles will arrive in 2022. With the debut of Smart's Concept #1 at the IAA Mobility 2021 motorshow in Munich, we are beginning to see the results of this collaboration.
The concept's large size is a striking feature if you are familiar with Smart's small mobility vehicles. The four-seater, designed by Mercedes, has approximately the same dimensions as Mini's largest vehicle the Countryman. It has a sleek aerodynamic design, large glass roof, and an interior with tech-adorned gold accents that almost looks like it was designed for Chanel.
Other notable features include a back scissor door, which would allow for easy access and creates a cool appearance when all four doors open. They are extremely impractical so don't expect them to be on a production model. It features a 12.8-inch touchscreen that Telsa Model 3-like looks, 21-inch wheels, and LED lightbars at both the front and rear.
The EV component is built on Geely’s Sustainable Experience Architecture, (SEA), and can be used by all nine Geely brands including Volvo, Smart, Polestar and Smart. It will also be able to support fast-charging technology and over-the air updates.
Smart and its Daimler/Geely parent are working together to make this concept a production vehicle. It is hoped to produce multiple versions of the vehicle, including a long-range model. The goal is to offer enthusiasts the best dynamic handling and performance. The model will be manufactured in China and sold there by next year. Smart plans to also bring it to Europe.