Smart #3 Unveiled In China With 428 hp And 4WD

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Do you know what goes after number 1? Smart has its own creative answer. The Smart #3 (HC11) was unveiled by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology in China. It stands on Geely’s SEA platform and has up to 428 horses. Let’s get to know it better.

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We will remind you that Geely and Mercedes-Benz jointly develop Smart EVs. In this project, Mercedes-Benz only handles exterior and interior design, while Geely is responsible for the tech and manufacturing.

Smart #3 Exterior and Dimensions

The exterior of the Smart #3 stays in line with the Smart #1. It has the same headlights, a taillight unit, mirrors, pop-out door handles, Smart logos on C-pilars, etc. But the body shape of the #3 significantly differs from the #1. Mainly because of a sloppy coupe-shaped roofline and bumpers, the Smart #3 looks way sportier than the Smart #1. As for the Brabus version, it has also got a slot in the bonnet.

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As for the dimensions of the Smart #3, they are 4400/1844/1556 mm with a wheelbase of 2785 mm. So it isn’t a small vehicle for sure. In contrast, it is 130 mm longer, 22 mm wider, and 80 mm lower than the Smart #1. So it looks like an era of small ‘Smarts’ has gone.

Worth mentioning that the Smart #3 can be even longer, thanks to the hitch tow hook. With it installed, the #3’s length reaches 4542 mm. It’s longer than the Volkswagen Tiguan! The Smart #3 can tow up to 1600 kilos. The Smart #3 is also a pretty heavy vehicle with a weight 1740 – 1890 kg, depending on a powertrain type. As for the gross weight of the #3, it reaches 2305 kilos.

Smart #3 Interior and Powertrain

The interior of the #3 wasn’t shown in MIIT announcements. But previously we have seen a spy shot of the Smart #3 with seats branded Brabus. So we are sure that the #3 will continue a long tradition of Brabus-branded speedy Smarts.

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As mentioned, the Smart #3 stands on the SEA platform, designed by Geely. It already underpins quite a lot of cars, including Lotus Eletre, Polestar 3, Volvo EX90, Zeekr 001, Zeekr 002, Radar RD6, Jidu ROBO-1, Smart #1, etc.

The entry-level Smart #3 got a rear-wheel drive with an electric motor for 200 kW (272 hp) produced by Viridi E-mobility Technology Company, owned by Geely Group. As for the all-wheel drive version, it is equipped with two electric motors with a combined power of 315 kW (428 hp). These powertrains aren’t a surprise at all, since the #1 has the same electric motors.

According to the MIIT Announcements, CALB and Sunwoda companies are responsible for the Smart #3’s batteries’ production. In both ways, its batteries will be ternary (NMC). But the range of the Smart #3 is yet to be known.

All in all, the Smart #3 is a really interesting EV with a daring design and powerful electric motors. But it is extremely big for Smart branded vehicles. Anyway, we will keep an eye on it, so stay tuned!

Source: MIIT

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  1. “These powertrains aren’t a surprise at all,..”
    No, these powertrain options are not a surprise, for young Chinese automakers still in their infancy…., all the parts inventory they entail not withstanding.
    Western automakers once offered a myriad of options, before enormous inventories got out of hand.


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