City car specialist Smart – owned by Mercedes-Benz and China’s Geely – and famed Mercedes tuner Brabus have teamed up again to produce a 315kW, all-wheel-drive electric SUV.
City car specialist Smart – now co-owned by Germany’s Mercedes-Benz and China’s Geely – and Mercedes tuner Brabus have joined forces to produce a high-performance version of the new Smart #1 electric SUV.
According to website CarNewsChina – reporting on information from Chinese media – the Smart #1 Brabus is expected to be powered by two electric motors producing 315kW/543Nm combined – combining the existing 200kW/343Nm rear motor with a new 115kW/200Nm motor up front.
The electric all-wheel-drive Smart #1 Brabus is reportedly capable of accelerating from zero to 100km/h in 3.7 seconds.
The Smart #1 Brabus is fitted with a unique front bumper and ducted bonnet, designed to channel more air towards the car’s front motor to keep it cool.
Additional exterior tweaks include a new-look rear bumper, 19-inch alloy wheels, side skirts and door mirrors, while the Smart #1 Brabus’ accents have been painted bright red in contrast to the matte grey body.
The red and grey theme continues inside the cabin, as an aluminium-finish dashboard and steering wheel buttons are paired with red LED lights, seat belts and contrast stitching.
While the Smart #1’s performance variant doesn’t carry any Brabus badges on the outside, its interior features a Brabus “B” logo on the seat headrests plus the company’s name on the centre steering wheel spoke.
A centre-mounted 12.8-inch infotainment touchscreen and 9.2-inch digital instrument cluster are carried across from the Smart #1 to the Brabus edition.
Details of the Smart #1 Brabus’ outputs and driving range are due to be confirmed on August 26.
It is expected the Brabus electric SUV’s driving range will be less than the standard Smart #1’s estimated claim of between 420km and 440km.
Smart and Brabus have worked together for more than 15 years, producing sportier versions of the Smart ForTwo two-door, ForFour four-door and Roadster models since the late 2000s.
Smart arrived in Australia in 2004, selling models such as the ForTwo, ForFour and Roadster to local customers until it exited the market in 2015.
“We are always open-minded and evaluate each new vehicle that becomes available to us, but at this stage there is nothing new to announce about the Smart brand,” the spokesperson said.
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