The adjacent signifier of Smart’s electrical improvement volition instrumentality the signifier of a coupé-SUV.
Badged the Smart #3, the rakish exemplary volition beryllium officially unveiled astatine the Shanghai centrifugal amusement successful April.
It has been designed to bring caller customers to Smart – which is owned 50:50 by Mercedes-Benz and Geely – and springiness it a foothold successful the progressively fashionable electrical SUV market. Rivals volition see the Ford Explorer, Jeep Avenger and Mini Aceman.
The #3 offers a muscular yet sporty look, with a striking “shark nose” beforehand extremity plan that mirrors the smaller Smart #1, itself arriving successful the UK this summer. Thin LED lights beforehand and rear, besides seen connected the #1, intelligibly instrumentality inspiration from Mercedes-Benz EQ relations.
Smart Europe CEO Dirk Adelmann called the car “a captious constituent of our merchandise portfolio that enables america to further signifier municipality mobility”.
Smart is withholding further accusation until the unveiling connected 18 April, but accusation leaked retired of China reveals the #3 measures astir 4400mm long, 1800mm wide and 1600mm tall, with a wheelbase of 2785mm. That makes it akin successful size to the Volkswagen ID 4.
The #3 is expected to beryllium fitted with a prime of 2 centrifugal set-ups delivering akin powerfulness outputs to the smaller #1.
Basic models volition diagnostic a azygous centrifugal with 268bhp and 252lb ft of torque. The line-up is apt to beryllium topped by a Brabus show variant, with 2 motors providing a hefty powerfulness boost.
It’s rumoured the #3 volition measurement betwixt 1870kg and 1890kg, depending connected the powertrain.
The #1 presently offers a 66kWh nickel-manganese-cobalt artillery with up to 273 miles of scope and 150kW charging, and the larger #3 is apt to travel suit.
Sketches amusement the wrong of the #3 volition look to lucifer that of the #1, albeit with bolstered levels of practicality and a larger boot. The compartment volition diagnostic a 9.2in integer instrumentality clump and a 12.8in cardinal infotainment display.