Smart's new electric MPV spotted in China, set to debut in 2024

Max McDee, 10 December 2023

Smart’s highly anticipated electric MPV was recently spotted on the streets of China. Heavily camouflaged, the vehicle sports a discreetly placed Mercedes-Benz badge on the B-pillar, and it provides a glimpse into the brand's future plans, with a planned release slated for 2024.

Smart, now a collaborative venture between Geely Group and Mercedes-Benz, emerged under new ownership in 2019 and is headquartered in Ningbo, a bustling Chinese port just south of Shanghai. The manufacturing aspect is handled by Geely, operating from its state-of-the-art Xi'an facility, which commenced production in 2021, while Mercedes-Benz spearheads the design efforts.

Smart's new electric MPV spotted in China, set to debut in 2024

Originally recognized for producing compact ICE microcars, Smart underwent a radical transformation under new owners, pivoting towards becoming an EV-focused brand with a primary emphasis on full-size vehicles.

Local media outlet Zaker managed to secure exclusive spy shots of the electric MPV (multi-purpose vehicle), portraying a distinctively boxy design, a departure from Smart's current conventional styling. Notably, the vehicle's dimensions surpass those of Smart's #3 SUV, hinting at an increased size for this upcoming model. Looking at the images, it becomes quickly evident that sliding doors will not be part of its feature set.

The upcoming MPV is set to incorporate advanced features, such as 800V fast-charging capabilities, and the latest iteration of Smart's Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS), known as Smart Pilot Assist 3.0.

Smart's new electric MPV spotted in China, set to debut in 2024

Smart's current offering in China, the #3, is available in a price range of RMB 209,900 to RMB 289,900 (equivalent to $29,500 – $40,700). The entry-level Pro+ variant boasts an impressive 345 miles CLTC range, powered by a 66 kW battery and a single 200 kW electric motor. Meanwhile, the top-tier Brabus version boasts all-wheel drive, dual motors, and an impressive total output of 315 kW (equivalent to 428 hp), capable of accelerating from 0 to 62 mph in a mere 3.6 seconds.

Smart's current lineup in China consists of two models: the #1 and #3. In Europe, Smart #1 made its debut in September, with the #3 set to make its entrance in early 2024. As part of Smart's global expansion strategy, Malaysia has recently welcomed Smart #1, marking the brand's latest international market entry in November.

The just-spotted MPV fits perfectly within Smart’s ambitious plan to introduce at least one new electric vehicle annually. The company aims to have an impressive portfolio of 6-7 models on the road by 2027.

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