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Smart Concept #1 SUV production version exposed

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Meet the Smart Concept #1. In an era when every carmaker makes SUVs, even holdouts like Smart have to give in.

Known for tiny, quirky cars, Smart is now going mainstream. In 2019, Geely and Daimler entered a 50:50 joint venture project to make EVs for the Chinese market; the Smart Concept #1 is the first offspring of this new partnership. Daimler doesn’t have an “entry-level” brand like BMW with Mini; reimagining Smart seems to be a step in the right direction.

And now it seems the Smart and Mini have one more thing in common – their spy shots were exposed. We don’t mind.

Aimed at young families, the Smart Concept #1 keeps Smart’s fun and lively design while looking more minimalistic. Concept #1 is fully electric, the design is now fluid and flowing instead of upright and cute. Production vehicles will be built on Geely’s SEA platform; this fully electric platform also underpins the Zeekr 01.

From the front, we’re not sure if the intake is cosmetic or functional, given a pure EV drivetrain. Thin, sharp headlights give the car a mean and aggressive look, a significant change from current Smarts.

Side proportions remind us of Minis, which isn’t surprising considering the brand placement. Concept #1 aims squarely at the Mini Countryman- both in application and nature.

Finally, the rear looks somewhat in line with Mercedes’ newest SUV tail designs; the minimalistic look is consistent throughout the vehicle, even if it’s not everyone’s cup of tea.

Inside, spy shots show a clean and minimal interior- fitting the outside theme.

Although a Smart SUV seems to be a big deviation for the brand, it seems a necessary evil. Expect Chinese-made Smart SUVs to hit the showroom in 2022.

Source: Autohome

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