It was created by Daimler and is based on Geely’s electric vehicle base, which is owned by Volvo.
Mercedes-Benz partnered with Volvo manufacturer Geely in 2019 to turn Smart into an all-electric brand, with modern vehicles set to debut in 2022. With the introduction of Smart’s “Concept #1” at the IAA Mobility 2021 motor show in Munich, we’re beginning to see the benefits of this partnership.
If you’re familiar with Smart’s small mobility cars, the concept’s rather big size is the first thing that comes to mind. The four-seater was designed by Mercedes and has nearly the same proportions (and, to be honest, a comparable appearance) as Mini’s biggest car, the Countryman.
It also has a sleek aerodynamic style, a massive glass roof, and a gold-tinted, tech-laden interior that appears like it was created by Chanel (but wasn’t).
Another noteworthy feature is the rear scissor door, which allows for simple access and creates a stylish look when all four doors are open. Expect them to be absent from a production model due to their impracticality. It includes a 12.8-inch touchscreen, 21-inch wheels, and LED lightbars in the front and back, similar to the Telsa Model 3.
In terms of the EV, it’s based on Geely’s Sustainable Experience Architecture (SEA), which is utilized by all nine of Geely’s automotive brands, including Volvo, Polestar, Smart, and Lotus. Fast-charging technology and over-the-air upgrades should also be supported.
And sure, Smart and its parent company Daimler/Geely intend to make this notion a reality. The goal is to produce various models, along with a long-range variant, while providing enthusiasts with the “highest degree of dynamic handling.” It will be manufactured in China and released there next year, but Smart has ambitions to bring it to Europe.