Smart has finally decided to reveal the production version of its electric SUV Smart #1, which has retained the distinctive design of previously revealed Concept #1. The standard Smart # 1 looks much like the prototype compact SUV inside and out, including the frameless windows and “floating halo” glass roof.
However, the automaker gave up the usual excesses of concept cars, such as scissor doors and 21-inch wheels (in the production version, customers will be offered 19-inch wheels), and the rear row has a standard three-seat bench instead of two separate seats.
More importantly, the performance appears healthy for an EV this size. While the 273 miles of maximum range (according to the WLTP test cycle) isn’t exceptional, it comes from a 66 kWh battery that charges rather quickly. You can reportedly bring the Smart #1 from a 10 percent charge to 80 percent in under 30 minutes if you use a 150kW DC charger, and even a 22kW AC supply will accomplish the same feat in less than three hours.
The power of the electric motor of the electric car is equivalent to 268 horsepower, and the maximum speed reaches 180 km per hour, which is quite impressive, as for a compact SUV.
The production Smart #1 received a 12.8-inch infotainment screen, a 9.2-inch digital instrument panel, and a 10-inch projection display.
It is currently known that sales of Smart # 1 should begin in Europe this year, but the automaker has not yet announced the price of the electric car.