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The Evolution of Smart: Introducing the Biggest Smart Ever

27 Apr 2024
  • How has Smart's Concept #5 redefined its brand identity and market positioning within the automotive industry?
  • How does the interior design elevate the driving experience through its integration of cutting-edge technology and focus on comfort and convenience?

Smart cars have long been associated with their diminutive size and quirky urban appeal. However, with the unveiling of the Concept #5 at Auto China 2024 in Beijing, Smart is challenging its own conventions by introducing its largest model yet—a mid-size SUV that redefines what it means to be a Smart car.

Redefining Smart's SUV Future

Redefining Smart's SUV Future

Gone are the days of the dinky ForTwo. The Concept #5 stands tall at the forefront of Smart's new direction, measuring in at a substantial size that positions it squarely in the mid-size SUV segment. With dimensions surpassing its predecessors—the #1 and #3—the Concept #5 hints at a bolder, more adventurous future for the brand.

At 168.1 inches long, the Concept #5 is a significant step up in size from its predecessors. However, it's not just about length; Smart has embraced a rugged aesthetic with off-road capabilities reminiscent of larger SUVs like the Mercedes GLB. From its lifted suspension to its all-terrain tires, this Smart concept exudes an adventurous spirit, complete with skid plates, limb risers, and robust body cladding.

But it's not all about looks. Underneath its bold exterior, the Concept #5 boasts advanced technology and performance features that set it apart from its predecessors and contemporaries alike. Equipped with all-wheel drive powered by dual electric motors, this Smart SUV offers both versatility and efficiency.

One of the standout features of the Concept #5 is its massive battery, boasting a capacity of over 100 kilowatt-hours. Paired with 800-volt technology, it enables rapid charging, with just 15 minutes needed to replenish the battery from 10 to 80 percent. With a range of over 342 miles on a single charge, based on the WLTP cycle, the Concept #5 is ready to take on longer journeys with ease.

Luxury and Innovation in the Smart SUV Segment

Luxury and Innovation in the Smart SUV Segment

Inside, the Concept #5 delivers a modern and luxurious experience, with a triple display layout dominating the dashboard. From the digital instrument cluster to the central infotainment system and an additional screen for the front passenger, the cabin is a showcase of cutting-edge technology. Touch-sensitive shortcut buttons and OLED panels add to the sleek and futuristic interior design.

But perhaps the most surprising aspect of the Concept #5 is its focus on comfort and convenience. Featuring a zero-gravity passenger seat with massaging and ventilation functions, along with a removable speaker and AI-based virtual assistant, this Smart SUV goes above and beyond to enhance the driving experience for both the driver and passengers.

The Concept #5 represents a bold new chapter for Smart, one that expands its horizons beyond the confines of urban mobility. As Smart prepares to unveil the production model later this year, it's clear that the brand's partnership with Geely and its departure from its traditional small car formula are paving the way for a new era of innovation and exploration.

In a landscape where even iconic brands like BMW's Mini are embracing larger vehicles, Smart's evolution serves as a testament to the ever-changing automotive industry. With the Concept #5 leading the charge, Smart is poised to carve out its niche in the competitive world of mid-size SUVs, proving that big things really do come in small packages.

Wael Nakhle

BY Wael Nakhle

Wael is an automotive content writer specializes in creating written content for Motor 283. Producing a wide range of content, including blog posts, articles, product descriptions, reviews, and technical guides related to cars, trucks, motorcycles, and other vehicles, with an unprecedented passion for cars, and motorcycles.

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