smart Concept #1 – the herald for the new generation of smart models
Entering a new era, smart reveals the Concept #1 at the IAA MOBILITY 2021. The near-production concept car provides a clear insight into the brand’s new generation of all-electric vehicles. The compact SUV transfers very compact exterior dimensions and the iconic smart design into a new vehicle concept with a higher premium and high-tech claim.
“We’re celebrating an important milestone with the smart Concept #1, which is the forerunner of the next smart generation,” says Daniel Lescow, Vice President Global Sales, Marketing & After-Sales of smart Automobile Co., Ltd. “The near-production study is an exciting taste of what our customers can expect from the smart brand.”
Painted glossy white, the smart Concept #1 is recognisable as a smart at first glance, but at the same time its progressive design is an impressive statement of the brand's transformation. Balanced proportions, a powerful sculpture, the usual short overhangs at the front and rear and a progressive design language characterise the SUV concept vehicle. Striking design elements in anthracite and black in the lower body area emphasise the robustness of the sport utility vehicle.
One of the central design features is the large panoramic glass roof with a striking ring of light. The seamless transition to the windscreen and to the window surfaces of the frameless doors make the roof appear to float above the body - an impression further enhanced by the atmospheric roof lighting.
Another eyecatcher of the smart Concept #1 are its distinctive 21-inch wheels with their unique “honeycomb” tread design.
With its suicide doors the smart Concept #1 allows for an unobstructed view of the generously dimensioned interior – due to the absence of a B-pillar when the doors are open.
Thanks to its wheels positioned far out to the corners of the vehicle the interior is exceptionally spacious in relation to the compact exterior dimensions. Like the future five-seater production model, the four-seater study therefore offers space on par with vehicles from higher segments.
The light streaming in through the panoramic glass roof further enhances the subjective sense of space and contributes significantly to the interior’s lounge-like atmosphere.
Sophisticated details such as the ambient light integrated into the vehicle floor, or the extremely elegant air vents underline the premium claim of the new smart model generation.
One of the design highlights in the interior of the smart Concept #1 is the centre console, which floats between the front seats and merges seamlessly with the iconic dashboard design. The central control element is the free-standing 3D touchscreen with a 12.8-inch display.
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