Think the Smart #1 can live up to its name in the small electric-crossover segment?

It’s the size of a Mini Countryman and claims up to 440km of range
by Greg Potts | Apr 9, 2022
Exterior of the Smart #1 electric crossover
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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 also been reading the carmakers’ thesaurus with references to ‘shared experiences’ and ‘lifestyles.’

Exterior of the Smart #1 electric crossover

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Exterior of the Smart #1 electric crossover

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Anyway, time for some tech specs. The Smart #1 is described by its maker as a Mini Countryman-sized compact SUV—it’s just over 4.2 meters long and those wheels are 19-inch units. At launch, there’s a single powertrain option, with a 268hp electric motor driving the rear wheels and being fed by a 66kWh battery. Range is around 418-440km on the WLTP cycle, and the car will accept a 150kW DC fast-charge for a 10-80% top-up in less than 30 minutes.

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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.

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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?

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Exterior detail of the Smart #1 electric crossover

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Exterior detail of the Smart #1 electric crossover

Exterior detail of the Smart #1 electric crossover

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Interior detail of the Smart #1 electric crossover

Interior detail of the Smart #1 electric crossover

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Interior detail of the Smart #1 electric crossover

Interior detail of the Smart #1 electric crossover

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Interior detail of the Smart #1 electric crossover

Interior detail of the Smart #1 electric crossover

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Interior detail of the Smart #1 electric crossover

Interior detail of the Smart #1 electric crossover

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Interior detail of the Smart #1 electric crossover

Cargo area of the Smart #1 electric crossover

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Exterior of the Smart #1 electric crossover

Exterior of the Smart #1 electric crossover

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NOTE: This article first appeared on TopGear.com. Minor edits have been made.

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