As early as 2019, Geely and Daimler have already joined forces to build new Smart electric vehicles, but did not mention specific details. However, rumors of a new model arriving soon surfaced last March 2021. Specifically, reports said that a new Smart crossover will arrive later this year. Well, it seems the reports are true. We now have our first look at the upcoming Smart crossover co-developed by Geely.
Based on the sketches, it looks nothing like the current lineup of Smart EVs. Gone are the large square headlights found on its minicars. Instead, it features a new front-end with slim LED headlights connected by a slim strip. The upcoming model doesn’t look as cute as the ForTwo or ForFour, but it does look more mature. It’s also worth noting that the production version won’t look like the very aggressive-looking crossover in the sketches.
No specifics were mentioned, but expect the new Geely co-developed Smart EV to be bigger. It will supposedly ride on Geely’s new SEA dedicated electric platform. The platform is capable of over 700 km range, assuming the largest 110kWh lithium-ion battery pack is fitted. But considering it is a small city crossover, it will likely be a smaller unit. It’s also unclear at this stage how many motors will drive the upcoming Smart EV, as well as power output.
There’s also the name of the vehicle. So far, Smart has yet to announce the name of their upcoming EV crossover. Will it retain the EQ ForTwo/ForFour moniker as its smaller siblings, or will it take on a different name entirely. It also raises the question of whether will Geely sell its version of the Smart EV in other markets.
Fortunately, we won’t have to wait too long to know more about the upcoming Smart-Geely co-developed EV. The automaker announced that the concept will be revealed at this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show in September.