Rebooted Smart tests electric crossover

Good is out testing prototypes for a subcompact crossover it plans to disclose very quickly.

The crossover will go by the title #1 (sure, full with the hashtag image), and it is the manufacturing model of the Idea #1 we noticed final 12 months on the inaugural Munich auto present.

The #1, as its title suggests, is the primary of a brand new era of Good automobiles developed by Mercedes-Benz in partnership with Geely. The 2 established the 50:50 three way partnership Good Vehicle in 2019, which relies in China and tasked with overseeing improvement and manufacturing of future Smarts.

Underpinning the car is Geely’s SEA modular electric-vehicle platform, which brings help for quick charging and over-the-air updates. No specs have been revealed, however we all know the car has a powerful—for a crossover—drag coefficient of 0.29 Cd. Serving to obtain this are design particulars like hid door handles and energetic grille shutters.

A part of the event course of has seen prototypes take a look at at temperatures as chilly as -40 levels. There is a system that ensures the battery is at all times working at its supreme temperature, and future homeowners will have the ability to use this technique to pre-heat the battery earlier than heading out through an app.

The #1 shall be a part of a household of autos focusing on the fashionable Mini lineup. We will think about a ForTwo-style hatch additionally forming a part of the lineup, and probably a sedan.

Contemplating Good pulled out of the US in 2020, we do not count on the model to make a return right here anytime quickly. In different phrases, neglect about seeing any of the brand new Smarts on native roads.

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