The new compact SUV in series production is the first electric vehicle to be built from scratch. It has been unveiled since smart announced it was phasing out ICE engines in 2019.
Future smart will be developed by Geely in China. It’s worth noting that Concept # 1 is developed by Mercedes. German developers have come up with a completely new design language for this new product.
At 4,290mm long, 1,910mm wide and 1,698mm high, this small SUV is slightly shorter, wider and taller than Mercedes’ own electric crossover, EQA. But they are not connected under the skin. Future smarts will be built on a platform developed by Geely. It will also find its way into Volvo.
The clean design features narrow headlights, a raised bonnet and a large illuminated grille, or at least an imitation of a traditional grille. And this is just the beginning of the light show. From the grille, the lighting effects move in time to the music along the sides of the car to the rear diffuser.
The C-pillar follows the familiar split style that gives the impression of a floating roof. The B-pillar is absent altogether thanks to the hinged rear doors that open with touch-sensitive lighting elements, whether or not they can. Before the production car remains to be seen.
Despite its compact size, interior space has become a strong point of the SUV because giant 21-inch wheels are pushed far into every corner of the car. Although the show car is four-seater, the production car will be able to accommodate five people. They have enough legroom.
A large panoramic sunroof floods the interior, which is dominated by a floating center console that merges into the upper dashboard, as in some Mercedes vehicles. The interior is adorned with a 12.8-inch iPad-like infotainment screen that hovers above the top of the dashboard.
The SUV should go into series production in Europe and China by 2023.