Smart is moving away from sedans and toward crossovers and SUVs. Daimler and Geely created a joint venture in 2019 to expand the Smart brand, which featured bigger vehicles. The latest teaser previews Smart's all-electric SUV concept, which will be unveiled later this year.
The teaser, which comes from Mercedes design head Gorden Wagener, shows a top-down view of the idea, with the crossover's size being one of the most obvious features. Rumor has said that it will be large enough to compete with the Mini Countryman.
The firm intends to reveal it at the Munich Motor Show in September. The concept is meant to evolve into a production model, which is expected to appear in the European and Chinese markets in 2022, so we'll have to wait and see. So far, it appears that the new Smart brand will abandon its modest beginnings.
There is no word on the concept's powertrain, but we do know it will ride on Geely's Sustainable Experience Architecture (SEA), which the firm wants to utilize to underpin a future Volvo vehicle as well. It has an 800-volt design and can handle up to three electric motors. On the NEDC test cycle, the platform might provide up to 692 km of range, while the new Mini may not.