The German firm has not gone quite well that of betting solely on electrical mechanics. That is why the clever #1 it is the beginning of a radical reinvention of the brand. For now, what the German company shows us is a camouflaged prototype. However the crossover should arrive in the form of production in Europe and China by the end of the year.
When it arrives it will do so with a design very similar to that of the Concept #1 prototype. The company’s new compact SUV will be assembled by giant Geely in China. Its new design language is the work of Mercedes-Benz. will be built on a platform developed by Geely which we are also likely to see at Volvo.
To give you an idea of its dimensions, measure 4,290mm long, 1,910mm wide Y 1,698mm high. That is, it is slightly shorter, wider and taller than the Mercedes-Benz EQA. In any case, both have nothing to do with their guts, although for now the details of the powertrain are unknown.
The name follows the alphanumeric nomenclature that is so popular with electric vehicles. In addition, it uses the hashtag symbol that «evokes trends in the digital age«. The automaker has also revealed that the #1 will have a drag coefficient of only 0.29. It has been achieved thanks to the flush door handles and the active grille, among others.
Radical makeover in smart #1
The smart #1 presents a clean design in which the protagonists are the narrow headlights, the high hood, the large glass surface and a large active grille. The set is completed by large alloy wheels. The split C-pillar gives the appearance of a floating roof and the B-pillar is nicely concealed. will have a spacious cabin.
As we have learned, the production model will offer space for five passengers. It will have advanced support systems, as well as the ability to receive updates over the air. There are many similarities in design with the latest batch of Mercedes-Benz products.
A clear example of this is the location of the 12.8-inch infotainment screen, similar to a tablet, which floats above the top of the dashboard. As a curiosity, it should be noted that the door handles will have a special function to break the ice on the coldest days.
The battery will have preheat setting to ensure optimized charging output efficiency as well as optimal working temperatures when the vehicle is in motion. The all-electric powertrain will be supported by a robust Bosch ESP system to ensure maximum safety and comfort.