The Smart #5 has broken cover, with the Tesla Model Y-sized electric SUV set to be the brand’s most powerful vehicle to date.

    Key specifications for the Smart #5 were revealed in a Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) filing and published by automotive outlet CarNewsChina, and it’ll join the #1 and #3 in Smart’s electric vehicle (EV) lineup.

    It’s only slightly smaller than a Tesla Model Y, and in flagship guise packs more power than the Hyundai Ioniq 5 N and Kia EV6 GT.

    The #5 was revealed in concept form at this year’s Beijing motor show in April, pitched as the brand’s largest and most rugged vehicle yet.

    The production Smart #5 is expected to be officially revealed later this year.

    According to the MIIT filing, the Smart #5 will be available with four powertrain options: two single-motor rear-wheel drive configurations and two dual-motor all-wheel drive ones.

    CarNewsChina reports it’ll use an 800V electrical architecture that will allow it to be charged from 10 to 80 per cent in 15 minutes, while a battery with a capacity larger than 100kWh will be available in its longest-range variant.

    The Smart #5 is capable of up to 700km of range on the CLTC cycle used in China.

    RWD models will be fitted with a single rear-mounted motor producing either 250kW or 267kW, paired with lithium iron phosphate (LFP) batteries.

    AWD models are fitted with a 165kW front motor and either a 267kW or 310kW rear motor. The least powerful of the two has a combined output of 432kW, while the range-topping AWD variant produces 475kW.

    They’re fitted with a nickel cobalt manganese battery pack.

    In its most powerful guise, the #5 is expected to be able to hit 0-100km/h in less than three seconds.

    For comparison, the Ioniq 5 N produces 448kW of power, which can be increased to 478kW for 10 seconds with its N Grin Boost function, while the EV6 GT produces 430kW.

    Both cars have a claimed 0-100km/h time of 3.5 seconds.

    The Smart #5 is a five-door, five-seater and measures 4705mm long, 1920mm wide, and 1705mm tall – 46mm shorter, 58mm narrower and 81mm taller than a Model Y.

    It can be fitted with wheels ranging in size from 18 to 21 inches, while the top-spec AWD variant has a kerb weight of 2450kg.

    Interior images haven’t been released, though the production model will likely follow the Concept #5 in offering a screen-heavy cabin.

    Smart will be returning to the Australian market later this year after nearly a decade’s absence.

    Geely-owned Volvo, Polestar and Lotus already sell EVs here, while EV-only brand Zeekr is also gearing up for a local launch.

    A launch date for the Smart #5 has yet to be confirmed, and it’s unclear whether it’ll make its way Down Under.

    The Smart #1 and #3 have both been confirmed for Australia, including in flagship Brabus performance guises, though local specifications haven’t been revealed.

    In China, they offer single rear-mounted electric motors producing up to 200kW of power and 343Nm of torque, paired with a 66kWh nickel-cobalt-manganese battery.

    Brabus versions add a front electric motor and boost outputs to 315kW and 543Nm.

    Smart is now joint-owned by Geely and Mercedes-Benz, and all its cars are built in Xi’an, China.

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    Max Davies

    Max Davies is an automotive journalist based in Melbourne, Australia. Max studied journalism at La Trobe University and stepped into the automotive world after graduating in late 2023. He grew up in regional Victoria, and with a passion for everything motorsport is a fan of Fernando Alonso.

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