Shortly after the debut of the Smart #1 all-electric SUV, this model is available to order in China and has been priced for the first time. Presale prices for the Smart #1 are 190,000 Yuan ($28,970) and 230,000 ($35,070), which sound very close to initial expectations given the vehicle segment and market position.
In China, Smart #1 is available in two variants Pro+ and Premium. Both are equipped with a rear-mounted electric motor that produces 264 hp (200 kW / 272 PS), 343 Nm (252 lb-ft) of torque and a 66 kWh battery. The difference is that the Premium trim features silicon carbide (SiC) technology in the electric motor, enabling the CLTC’s 560 km (348 miles) greater range compared to the 535 km (332 miles) of the Pro+. Of course, the numbers are lower under the WLTP protocol with 440 km (273 miles) for Premium and 420 km (261 miles) for Pro+.
The slight increase in the available Premium variants is not enough to justify an additional 40,000 Yuan ($6,101) over the Pro+, as both trims come with standard equipment. The interior incorporates a 12.8-inch infotainment touchscreen, 9.2-inch digital instrument cluster and a head-up display. There’s also 150 kW DC fast charging capability, and an intelligent ADAS Pilot suite that offers level 2 autonomy.
According to Car News China, the Chinese-spec Smart #1 gets an additional badge on the tailgate which means elf. We can also see the “styled by Mercedes-Benz” badge on the B-pillar, which proudly shows that although it is based on Geely’s SEA platform, design #1 was completed in Mercedes’ own design studio.
Local media estimates that detailed prices will be announced in June, while interested parties can already make reservations for 500 yuan using a smartphone app. The first shipments of the Smart #1 in China are expected in the third quarter of this year, after production begins at Geely’s new factory in Xian. Smart will soon open new dealerships in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Shenzhen and Hangzhou.
After launch in China, #1 will launch in Europe and other Asian markets; a US launch is not in the company’s plans. In the future, the Smart lineup will be expanded with the #1 performance variant equipped with dual motors, a new coupe-style vehicle that can bear the #2 name, and other models.
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