New electric Smart SUV teased: price, specs and release date
Smart has just revealed teaser images of its first ever electric SUV. This new family-friendly Smart could have between 200 and 300 miles of range when it goes on sale in 2023. Read on for more details.
- Smart SUV images teased
- Official reveal later in 2021
- Production slated for 2023
- Will feature all-electric platform
- Range should be between 200-300 miles
- 800V tech could offer rapid charging
- Rugged design shows recognisable Smart cues
- Largest Smart vehicle to date
Smart has only recently become an all-electric brand and it now plans to add an SUV to its line up of small hatchbacks, including the EQ ForTwo and EQ ForFour electric cars. This joint venture between Mercedes-Benz and Chinese brand Geely was teased recently in some official design sketches and renderings.
Although quite a lot larger than any previous Smart car, the new all-electric family car will still be one of the most compact electric SUVs on sale. Read on for full details.
New electric Smart SUV design
The design sketches recently teased show a sporty-looking SUV with a number of design cues that will be familiar to existing Smart owners, including the wide LED front headlights.
The ‘floating’ roof (so-called because the supporting pillars are painted black to match the windows) is a new feature for this Smart SUV, however.
The lack of a grille makes for a smooth front end that flows into slightly flared wheel arches. The side mirrors are thin and will most likely be cameras beaming a live video feed to screens in the cabin – as in the Honda e. The new Smart’s overall dimensions should be similar to a Mini Countryman.
New electric Smart SUV interior
No official images have been released of the new Smart SUV’s cabin just yet, but like just about every new premium vehicle out there, the interior is most likely to feature a digital driver display, a large centrally mounted infotainment touchscreen and very few physical buttons.
Round air vents and oval design cues (just likes those in today’s Smart EQ ForTwo and EQ ForFour) should feature in the new car and there should be ample seating for four adults (or five at a pinch.) That’s something no Smart has offered before.
New electric Smart SUV battery, performance and range
The Smart SUV will be built as a joint venture between Chinese manufacturer Geely and Mercedes-Benz. That means this new model will be underpinned by Geely’s own scalable EV underpinnings. This layout allows for up to three electric motors and a range of up to 430-miles. This figure is calculated using the older NEDC tests – newer WLTP tests tend to give less optimistic range figures.
The most likely layout for the new Smart SUV would be a single-motor setup with a battery pack offering a range of at least 200-miles, this should keep costs down and bring it in line with offerings like the Volkswagen ID4. Geely’s EV components also support 800V technology, which could give the Smart SUV extremely rapid charging capabilities.
New electric Smart SUV price and release date
The new Smart SUV could potentially have twice the range and far more interior space of the Smart EQ ForTwo and EQ ForFour (which both cost from less than £25,000). As a result, it’s likely the new electric SUV will set you back closer to £30,000.
The official debut of the Smart SUV is expected to take place later in 2021 and it should go on sale no later than 2023.
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