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Smart unveils new design language with Concept 1 SUV

Smart has unveiled its Concept 1 crossover at the Munich motor show, which previews a new generation of models co-developed with Geely.

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Jack Quick
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Smart has debuted its new design language in the form of the Concept 1 SUV at the Munich motor show.

The four-seat concept previews a new generation of Smart cars planned by Daimler and its Chinese partner, Geely.

Built using a purpose-designed all-electric vehicle architecture, this platform will eventually make its way into future Volvo electric vehicles.

The Concept 1 features front and rear LED light bars, an illuminated grille and large 21-inch wheels.

The main draw cards of the Concept 1 are the panoramic glass roof and suicide doors, allowing the removal of the B-pillars.

Measuring 4290mm long, 1698mm tall, 1910mm wide with a 2750mm wheelbase, the Concept 1 is a similar size to the Mercedes-Benz EQA SUV.

Inside are four individual seats, with space for five in the production model, offering elbow and legroom on par with vehicles from higher segments.

A tablet-style 12.8-inch infotainment screen floats on the dashboard, similar to other Mercedes models.

There are also plenty of gold accents throughout the cabin with ambient lighting on the floor and the roof.

Smart has yet to confirm any drivetrain details.

The production SUV will feature advanced driver assistance systems, will receive over-the-air updates, and feature a smartphone app that acts as a digital key.

It should arrive in production form in Europe and China by 2023, but don’t expect it to be coming to Australia any time soon if at all.

Smart left the country after the 2014 model year when the previous-generation Fortwo was being replaced.

In 2019, the company switched from internal-combustion engines to electric drive only, and continues to offer its Fortwo and Forfour models.

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Jack Quick
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Jack Quick is an emerging automotive journalist based in Melbourne, Australia. Jack recently graduated from Deakin University and has previously competed in dance nationally. In his spare time, Jack likes to listen to hyperpop and play Forza Horizon.

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