After many advances and many denials, in 2022 the Smart range will finally be enriched with an SUV (or rather crossover) variant destined to compete with Peugeot e-2008, with DS 3 Crossback E-Tense and other electric models in this segment.
In the new Smart SUV many elements shared with Volvo and other Geely electric
According to what anticipates the British magazine AutoExpress - which has also reconstructed two sketches relating to what could be the final appearance - the new Smart SUV will use an electric platform developed by Geely which is the Chinese Group partner of Daimler in the JV to which it was transferred all Smart activities.
The basis of this model will be Geely's new SEA (Sustainable Experience Architecture) which will be used for every next generation Smart, as well as numerous models of the other eight brands of the Group, owner of Volvo among other things.
SEA shares elements of its design with the CMA platform that is the basis of the Volvo XC40 and Polestar 2, a highly scalable architecture that can therefore be used for vehicles of all sizes, from city cars to large sedans.
This is why the operation of the Smart SUV - which could be called CrossTown, like the concept presented at the 2005 Frankfurt Motor Show - could have an interesting industrial and consequently commercial impact.
The Smart SUV would thus become one of the declinations of the Geely electric compact architecture alongside the Volvo CX20 and above all the Emgrand GSE, already launched by the Chinese group in the domestic market.
As for the characteristics of the future Smart SUV, AutoExpress reports what was published on the Linkedin site by Daniel Lescow, Smart vice president of global sales.
Specifying that the new model will not see the brand abandon its values of compactness and practicality, this - said Lescow - will be "immediately recognizable" as Smart, with "super compact" external dimensions and intelligent use of internal space.
The design and style are signed by Mercedes will design the car, while the engineering and development work is the responsibility of Geely, as Smart CrossTown will be built in China.
But - as Lescow anticipated - the car has the potential to reach Europe too, as the project provides for the achievement of 5 stars in the Euro NCAP safety scores.