Smart # 1, Italian debut for the electric crossover

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It is in the shadow of the Colosseum that the national preview of the new Smart # 1 took place, the first 100% electric model born from the synergy between Mercedes-Benz and the Chinese of Geely (who are also the major shareholders of the German giant). The features are those of an urban crossover and have very little to do with the stylistic language of ForTwo and ForFour. 4.27 meters long, the Smart # 1 is designed to compete in the crowded segment of urban-sized B-SUVs, very popular with European customers.

The new generation construction platform hides an electron engine with 272 HP of maximum power and 375 Nm of torque, connected to a 66 kWh capacity battery, which guarantees a range that varies between 420 and 450 km. it has a load capacity of between 323 and 411 liters, to be added to the 15-liter front compartment.

Interior? Digitized more than ever and practically devoid of physical buttons: the control bridge is based on a small display, placed behind the steering wheel rim – assisted by a head-up display -, and on the infotainment touchscreen (which can be updated over-the- air), from which the air conditioner is also managed. There are also “goodies” such as the panoramic roof, while the safety kit includes adaptive cruise control, the active lane maintenance system, blind spot monitoring, parking assistance and adaptive LED headlights.

The prices of Smart # 1 will be defined close to the marketing, scheduled for autumn; marketing that will be operationally guaranteed by the Smart Italia srl ​​network. The car will initially be offered with the “Launch Edition” set-up, a limited series available in just 1,000 units, 150 of which destined for the Italian market: it stands out for its Digital White livery, with Matt Gold contrasting finishes and alloy wheels. dedicated 19 ”with specific finish.

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