The smart company has shared teasers of its largest model, an electric crossover, which Mercedes-Benz and Geely will launch in China. The premiere of the novelty is scheduled for September 2021.
In the spring of 2019, Geely, which by that time already owned a 9.7 percent stake in Daimler, acquired 50 percent of smart shares from the German concern. In 2020, it became known that Geely and Mercedes-Benz agreed to jointly produce electric cars under the smart brand for the Chinese and German markets. The production of the machines will be organized at a Chinese plant, in which both sides have invested 2.7 billion yuan (almost $ 389 million). The assembly of electric smart will start in 2022.
The Sino-German alliance’s firstborn will be a battery-powered B-class crossover over four meters in length, making it the largest model in smart history.
Geely and Mercedes-Benz have shared responsibilities for the electric Smart. The development of the model is being undertaken by the Chinese side – it is being carried out by the Geely Science and Technology Center. And the crossover is designed by a German team led by Daimler chief designer Gordon Wagener.
The novelty will be built on the Chinese platform SEA (Sustainable Experience Architecture), known for the recent station wagon Zeekr 001. According to preliminary data, the electrocross will be equipped with an electric installation with a return of 272 horsepower and batteries with a capacity of 70 kilowatt-hours. On a single charge, the electric smart will travel up to 500 kilometers on the NEDC cycle.
Among the equipment for the crossover, a modern media system with voice control and the function of updating “over the air” is declared.
Judging by the published teasers, the electric car will move away from the style of previous smart models and will receive a more youthful exterior with “floating” rear pillars, a spoiler and narrowed front optics, as well as attributes inherent in SUV cars: roof rails, protective pads on sills and bumpers.
The electric smart crossover will debut in September at the IAA in Munich (previously this motor show was held in Frankfurt)